Lleida (EFE).- The Department of Climate Action of the Generalitat has ordered the slaughter of 87,000 turkeys and quails after the Algete National Veterinary Reference Laboratory (Madrid) has confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza of the H5N1 type in a turkey farm in Arbeca (Lleida), with no possibility of it jumping to humans.
The Secretary for Food, Carmel Mòdol, and the General Director of Agriculture, Elisenda Guillaumes, reported this afternoon at a press conference that a total of 9,000 turkeys were slaughtered on Tuesday from the affected farm and another 28,000 from two farms located in a radius of three kilometers with respect to the focus, of the same owner, they are being sacrificed today, in addition to 50,000 quails from another nearby farm.
More than 70 egg and poultry farms have also been immobilized, located within a radius of ten kilometers from the outbreak, where veterinary inspections have begun to find out what the health situation is. Among them are two slaughterhouses.
With the exception of the farm in which the outbreak has been declared, in the others, up to now, no positive has been detected.
In all cases, after the animals are sacrificed, the facilities are being disinfected to “deactivate” the virus.
All these measures will be lifted when 30 days have passed since the affected farm was cleaned and disinfected, as long as the health situation does not change.
In the same way, the hunting of birds has been prohibited within a radius of ten kilometers and the levels of vigilance in wild birds are maintained with the body of Rural Agents.
The farms affected will receive aid of between 60,000 and 19,000 euros.