Bird flu ruled out in French poultry deaths

19th December 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, France, Dec 19, 2006 (AFP) - The French agriculture ministry said Tuesday that bird flu is not responsible for the deaths of several thousand chickens on a farm in the east of the country.

PARIS, France, Dec 19, 2006 (AFP) - The French agriculture ministry said Tuesday that bird flu is not responsible for the deaths of several thousand chickens on a farm in the east of the country.

"Preliminary results show no sign of an influenza virus in the samples taken from the farm in the Haute-Marne (department)," a statement said.

Some 4,000 out of 7,500 chickens were found dead at a farm in the eastern town of Sarrey on Saturday, with the authorities implementing emergency containment measures.

Vets who examined the 4,000 chickens who died Saturday at a farm in Sarrey
said they had been killed by asphyxia.

"It was a problem of atmosphere control. They suffocated to death," said
Bernard Brocvielle, Haute-Marne's chief vet.

France has had 66 cases of H5N1 bird flu in wild and domesticated birds since a first outbreak in the eastern Ain region in February.

H5N1, which is spread through contact with sick animals, has killed more than 150 people worldwide since late 2003 and triggered mass culls of tens of millions of poultry.

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