DThe birds were purchased at a market at the end of August from the bird trader who was found to be infected last week. The FASFC therefore asks private individuals who have bought birds from this trader on a market to be attentive to signs of disease in their animals.
Present in 7 markets
The trader concerned sold the birds on 7 markets in Belgium: in Florenville, Arlon, Chimay, Tournai, Bastogne, Charleroi and Anderlecht. The FASFC asks private individuals who have purchased animals on these markets to be vigilant and to contact their veterinarian if signs of illness appear. These include respiratory problems, sinusitis, watery eyes, swollen head with thick and blue comb and wattles, fall in laying, drowsiness, lack of appetite and death.
Maintain disease-free status
Belgium retains its disease-free status with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Our country was given that status again on 16 August after measures were taken to curb the spread of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus. On November 13, 2020, the virus was identified in wild birds. “Since it now concerns kept birds (and not poultry), this contamination has no impact on the disease-free status for highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry,” explains the FASFC. This advises all poultry and bird keepers to be careful. For example, contact between their animals and wild birds should be avoided as much as possible.
The food agency therefore also recommends feeding and watering all kept birds indoors. The virus that is currently circulating, and in recent years, is not transmissible to humans. The consumer does not run any risk. The meat and eggs of poultry can be consumed in complete safety.
Belgium – TD