vaccination of waterfowl begins Tuesday, Dordogne and Landes on pole

“An experiment to analyze the interest of setting up a vaccine on these species will start on May 10 for two batches of palmipeds, other batches will be set up in the following weeks with vaccine trials in several phases”, explained the Ministry.

Two candidate vaccines have been selected, that of the Ceva Santé Animale laboratory and that of Boehringer Ingelheim. The experiment will be financed by the State, the National Food Safety Agency (Anses), the Toulouse veterinary school and the interprofessional organization. It will be done on several sites, probably in the Dordogne (on a spared sector), in the Landes also.

Other experiments are planned in Europe: “in France on ducks, in Bulgaria on geese and in the Netherlands on chickens”, explained the National Federation of Farmers’ Unions (FNSEA) at the end of April.

16 million poultry slaughtered

The challenge is to deploy this additional tool on “the whole territory” underlines the ministry, but to vaccinate is also to see opportunities close. Many countries (Great Britain, United States, etc.) refuse to supply themselves with poultry in countries that practice vaccination against avian flu, fearing the importation of the virus into their territory.

From November to May, more than 1,300 outbreaks of avian flu broke out in French farms, causing the slaughter of 16 million poultry in the country, including 11 million in the great west, against 3.5 million in total l last year.

Usually, France is crossed only by a wave of bird flu, when migratory birds descend towards the countries of the South in the fall. But in an unprecedented way, outbreaks are to be deplored this year during a period of upward migration, that is to say when the birds come up in the spring.

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