New bird flu in France

The Poultry Bulletin - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

Anew case of the highly path­o­genic H5N8 bird flu has been con­firmed by

the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture in France, only 15 kilo­me­tres from the spot of an out­break at Tour­nai in Bel­gium at the end of June.

It had been hoped that sum­mer’s higher tem­per­a­tures would bring an end to the high path­o­genic out­break of avian in­fluenza in north­ern Europe, but the op­ti­mistic out­look has now been de­stroyed.

France is only slowly re­cov­er­ing from a bird flu cri­sis that ham­mered its duck sec­tor in south­west­ern France over the past year with the loss of 600 000 birds.¡

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