France at 'high risk' of bird flu contamination

14th February 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - The French food safety agency AFSSA warned on Tuesday of a high risk of bird flu contamination in the country and called for poultry to be kept indoors wherever possible.

PARIS, Feb 14, 2006 (AFP) - The French food safety agency AFSSA warned on Tuesday of a high risk of bird flu contamination in the country and called for poultry to be kept indoors wherever possible.

The French agriculture ministry has already ordered free-range birds in more than half of its 96 mainland departments to be kept under shelter to reduce the risk of them catching the deadly H5N1 virus from wild birds.

The government has banned live birds from all markets and trade fairs throughout the country, including the huge annual Agricultural Fair in Paris at the end of this month.

The H5N1 bird flu virus that has killed about 90 people in Asia, Turkey and northern Iraq has been detected in wild swans in France's neighbour, Italy, as well as in Greece, Bulgaria and Slovenia.

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Subject: French news

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