The French Ministry of Agriculture stated that there have been 124 bird flu outbreaks in southwestern France, twice as many as a week ago.
As the number of infected farms increases, foie gras producers are calling on the health department to expand preventive slaughter of ducks. According to data from the French Ministry of Agriculture on January 7, more than 350,000 ducks have been culled. The head of the veterinary department pointed out in a previous report that as of January 5, the number of ducks culled was 200,000.
The Guardian quoted Marie Pierre, chairman of the French Foie Gras Industry Federation, as saying:”The virus is stronger than us. New ducks are constantly being infected.”
According to the existing procedures, all waterfowl within a radius of 3 kilometers around the identified foci must be culled. Other poultry raised in the open must be slaughtered.
Not long ago, there were also outbreaks of bird flu in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, northern Germany and Belgium.