February 4, 2021

France: Two Cases of HPAI on Duck Farms in France Threatening the Foie Gras Industry

The French Government announced this week that ducks on two farms in southwestern France were infected with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI). All birds on both farms were culled. Experts believe that the H5N8 virus is likely found throughout France in wild geese, ducks and swans. The new outbreak is a threat to the French foie gras sector, already suffering from the COVID-19 lockdown and closure of restaurants. The 2017 HPAI outbreak cost the sector $300 million.

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