Bird flu ruled out in deaths of turkeys in France

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PARIS, March 1, 2006 (AFP) - Tests on a number of dead turkeys picked up on a farm in northern France have shown that bird flu was not to blame, officials said Wednesday, calming fears that the disease might have spread from the east of the country.

PARIS, March 1, 2006 (AFP) - Tests on a number of dead turkeys picked up on a farm in northern France have shown that bird flu was not to blame, officials said Wednesday, calming fears that the disease might have spread from the east of the country.

"The results of the H5 virus test are negative," the regional government administration said in a statement.

The tests were carried out carcasses picked up over the past two weeks on a farm with 15,000 turkeys in the village of Ruyaulcourt, just south of Lille, near the English Channel.

The property is some 600 kilometres (400 miles) distant from another turkey farm in eastern France that to date is the only place in the European Union to have recorded the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in commercial poultry.

Eighteen dead wild birds -- two ducks and 16 swans -- have also tested positive for H5N1 in eastern France, which lies on a route taken by migratory birds.

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Subject: French news

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