Does France pose a large risk for a bird flu outbreak



If you would have asked me this question a few minutes ago I would have said no. I now know the answer is yes. It turns out that France is the European Union’s largest producer of poultry. This was something I didn’t know. 

Since France has such a large stock of poultry they’ve needed to increase their focus on the bird flu. They just downgraded their alert for bird flu from high to moderate. This decision was made due to the fact there have been no cases of bird flu found in the wild in the past few months.

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When a country with a large poultry population moves their alert system down it’s cause for celebration. France, like most nations of poultry producers, has invested money and time into a system of prevention. It seems to be working.

The AFSSA of France is responsible for the monitoring.