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Sunday 22 April 2018

France confirms case of bird flu

(Stock picture)
(Stock picture)

Gus Trompiz

The French agriculture ministry has announced that a case of the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu had been confirmed on a farm in northern France and that it has put in place measures to contain the outbreak.

The case was reported about 15 km (9 miles) from where another outbreak was confirmed in Tournai, Belgium, on June, the ministry said in the statement. It said 11 cases of avian flu have been confirmed in Belgium since the start of June.

France is slowly recovering from a bird flu crisis that hammered the duck industry in southwestern France.

Meanwhile, the Saudi Food and Drug Authority has announced a temporary halt to poultry and egg imports from Belgium following an outbreak of contagious H5N8 bird flu there, the state news agency SPA reported on Sunday.

Belgian health authorities said they had confirmed a case of bird flu in southern Belgium last week and had established a perimeter around the area.

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