By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

On Tuesday, the French Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu had been found on a duck farm in the town of Benesse-Maremne in Landes Department.

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The death of ducks was first observed on December 5. As a preventive measure, in the light of the first analysis results obtained by the departmental laboratory of the Landes, the Prefecture ordered the euthanasia of all the ducks on the farm on December 6.

The temporary control zone set up around the farm gave way on December 7 to a protection zone (3 km around the outbreak) and a surveillance zone (10 km), in accordance with the regulations. In order to control the risk of spreading the virus, the movement of poultry is prohibited in these areas where strict sanitary measures must be observed.

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This is the first poultry farm affected by the disease since it appeared in pet shops in mid-November.

In addition, with regard to wildlife, a barnacle goose in Loire-Atlantique and three swans in Meurthe-et-Moselle discovered dead at the end of last week have just been confirmed to be affected by the same H5N8 virus. Temporary control zones were set up from Saturday around the places where the birds were discovered.

The ministry stressed that bird flu cannot be passed through the eating of poultry products.