France increases risk of avian flu to ‘high’

PARIS – France is raised to “high” risk level in the country following the detection of a number of cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza strain in the Southwest of France, farms and wild ducks in the North of France, the farm ministry said on Tuesday.

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The decision was motivated by the “rapid change in the… situation in France and in several European countries,” the statement said.

France, where the largest poultry flocks in the EU, is still recovering from a serious bird flu epidemic in the southwest of France earlier this year, which led to a total cessation of the duck and goose output in the region and restrictions on imports of the trading partners.

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