Climate Action steps up control of dead birds in Eberle to prevent new bird flu outbreak
Acció Climàtica has intensified the control and search of sick or dead birds in their natural environment in the Ebre region to prevent new outbreaks of avian influenza. The goal is to quickly isolate them and analyze whether they are virus-infected animals. This minimizes the risk of bird flu spreading to poultry as well as humans. In fact, last week two more terns were found dead from bird flu on the Olles de Deltebre raft and in Perelló in the lower Ebre region. The ministry has extended the radius of influence and restriction required by the agreement by 30 days, or a radius of 10 kilometers from the focal point. There were 22 new closed farms (40 in total), and 180 isolated self-consumption points (680).
As noted by Jesús Gómez, Head of Regional Services at Climate Action Agency in the Ebro Region, there has been an increase in the number of people working to find and analyze dead or diseased birds, especially in the Ebro Delta region. Bird flu outbreaks in the past three weeks “need to be monitored more carefully.”
This allows for “faster detection” of any foci and also allows identification of diseased animals that “otherwise” might not be analyzed, although in most cases, after analysis at the central veterinary laboratory . As Gomez said, the Spanish government is negative. “What has to be done now is to analyze every suspicious animal,” he insisted.
Gomez recalls that the poultry industry adopted the restriction scheme well. “It’s the same thing that we’ve been doing over the winter in a more surgical way. We’re back in winter mode, and all the farms already know exactly how to operate, they’re ready,” he said.