New bird flu in France
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.¡