Several cases of avian flu confirmed in gannets in the Magdalen Islands

A total of five northern gannets were sent for analysis to the Quebec Center for Wild Animal Health, specifies the MFFP in a press release released Tuesday afternoon. These five birds were infected with bird flu.

The Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, André Lamontagne, ensures that the situation is being monitored day by day.

MAPAQ“,”text”:”On est en contact très étroit avec l’agence canadienne d’inspection des aliments, qui est le premier répondant pour tout ce qui touche les mortalités qui seraient susceptibles d’être liées à l’influenza aviaire, mais il y a une cellule actuellement au Québec qui suit ça de très, très près. Ça inclut le MAPAQ”}}”>We are in very close contact with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is the first responder for everything concerning mortalities that might be linked to avian influenza, but there is a unit currently at the Quebec, which is following this very, very closely. It includes the MAPAQsaid the minister at a press briefing in Rimouski.

Mr. Lamontagne, however, was unable to provide any details regarding the situation of northern gannets in the Magdalen Islands.

Tuesday morning, the mayor of the Islands, Jonathan Lapierre, had however received information according to which the first analyzes revealed that the bird flu was not involved in the mortality of the gannets.

After the confirmation of a first case of avian flu in Gaspésie, the possibility that gannets are infected with it worried many in the Islands.

We are talking about several hundred birds, probably close to a thousand gannets found on the coasts of the Islands for about ten days. »

A quote from Jonathan Lapierre, Mayor of the Magdalen Islands

Moreover, while the analyzes are carried out in the laboratory, the carcasses accumulate on the beaches of the archipelago. The mayor is still waiting for a ministry to confirm who is responsible for managing these contaminated birds.

Nearly a thousand dead gannets litter the beaches of the Islands, but the mayor still does not know which ministry will be responsible for picking them up or when (archives).

Photo: Véronique St-Onge

km de plage à la recherche d’oiseaux morts sans savoir de quoi il en retourne et, surtout, comment en disposer”,”text”:”Ça dépasse largement notre mission de base à la Municipalité. On ne peut pas envoyer des employés parcourir 300km de plage à la recherche d’oiseaux morts sans savoir de quoi il en retourne et, surtout, comment en disposer”}}”>It goes far beyond our basic mission at the Municipality. We cannot send employees to travel 300 km of beach in search of dead birds without knowing what is going on and, above all, how to dispose of them.emphasizes Mr. Lapierre.

Who does it report to directly? Who will be responsible for following up on the nature of the deaths and the management of these birds? We have launched appeals in almost all departments, all paragovernmental organizations, we are asking them the same questions, but we are waiting for answers. »

A quote from Jonathan Lapierre, Mayor of the Magdalen Islands

The mayor says he understands the concern of the population regarding this situation, but recalls that, according to public health, the phenomenon does not pose a risk to human health.

He still asks Quebec not to take the situation lightly and to send experts to the Islands to manage the situation.

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