Bird flu sparks restrictions on French farms
More than 64 farms have suffered outbreaks of a highly pathogenic bird flu in south-western regions of France.
The French Ministry of Agriculture reported the strain is H5N1. The total number of confirmed cases of the virus has increased to 64, with 13 in the Dordogne region.
There is currently no evidence this strain of the virus causes any danger to humans and the ministry stated meat, foie gras and eggs were safe for consumption.
In response, France tightened its grip on sanitary regulations and limited movement of poultry. Farmers have also been warned to remain vigilant following a series of Bluetongue outbreaks.