France bans outdoor poultry rearing to combat bird flu

25th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Oct 25 (AFP) - France has imposed a ban on the outdoor rearing of poultry across about one quarter of the country as part of measures to combat the spread of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau said on Tuesday.

PARIS, Oct 25 (AFP) - France has imposed a ban on the outdoor rearing of poultry across about one quarter of the country as part of measures to combat the spread of bird flu, Agriculture Minister Dominique Bussereau said on Tuesday.

The 21 French departments concerned are those "where there is a particular risk of contact with migratory birds," the minister said in a statement.

The ban will cover the departments of the Ain, Aube, Bouches-du-Rhone, Charente-Maritime, Haute-Corse, Gard, Gironde, Ille-et-Vilaine, Indre, Landes, Loire-Atlantique, Manche, Marne, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Meuse, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Seine-Maritime, Somme and Vendee.

Bussereau also announced a nationwide ban on all live birds at trade fairs, markets and exhibitions.

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