Avian influenza detected in France
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) subtypes A(H5N1) and A(H5N2) has been discovered in some commercial and backyard farms in the Dordogne region. There is always a possibility of the virus spreading to humans when people have exposure to contaminated birds. In this case, the ECDC’s assessment risk states that there is a very low risk of transmission from the poultry to humans.
There is also a chance that the virus can spread to other nations in Europe. This is because goods are imported and exported across borders, which could cause the virus to spread. The risk assessment reports that the risk of the virus spreading is low.
The Dordogne farm is currently in holding. Health officials have reported that this case shows an abnormal rate of mortality, which is what led to the detection of the virus. There may also be two additional cases of HPAI A(H5N2) on a commercial duck farm and a goose farm in Dordogne. These cases have not yet been confirmed by health officials.