Ducks found with H5N1 bird flu virus in France

15th August 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Aug 14, 2007 (AFP) - Four ducks found dead last week in northeast France had the H5N1 strain of bird flu that can be fatal to humans, officials said Tuesday.

PARIS, Aug 14, 2007 (AFP) - Four ducks found dead last week in northeast France had the H5N1 strain of bird flu that can be fatal to humans, officials said Tuesday.

Two dead swans had already been discovered to have the bird flu in late July at the Diane Capelle pond in the Moselle department, just 10 kilometers (six miles) from where three other swans were found dead with the virus at the end of June.

In accordance with EU norms, an exclusion zone and a wider observation zone were set up around the pond after the discovery of the ducks on August 8.

Last year 63 birds had tested positive for the H5N1 virus in France.

AFP

Subject: French news

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