Following the discovery of five swans that died on Tuesday 12 January from avian influenza in Arthun, the Loire prefecture had announced the establishment of a “temporary control zone” in eight communes in Forez.
This Friday night, through a press release, the prefecture confirms that the viral strain of bird flu was found in the five animals found dead.
Hunting of game and water birds prohibited
Following the announcement of these new results, the prefecture announces the strengthening of the measures already taken to deal with the virus. The press release specifies that hunting of game and waterfowl is prohibited in Arthun and neighboring municipalities.
What municipalities are concerned?
The eight Forez municipalities affected by the measures are Arthun, Boën-sur-Lignon, Bussy-Albieux, Pommiers, Sainte-Agathe-la-Bouteresse, Sainte-Foy-Saint-Sulpice, Saint-Étienne-le-Molard and Saint- Sixto.
The prefecture specifies that, therefore, a new prefectural decree that recalls these measures will be adopted in the next few hours. “This decree will also specify under what exceptional conditions farm-raised poultry products can be marketed in the temporary control zone. “
The measures will be lifted 21 days after the last case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the area.
As a reminder, the H5N8 virus currently circulating in France exclusively affects birds and is not transmissible to humans.