Bird flu in France confirmed
The French agriculture ministry has confirmed that
three swans found dead in eastern France were killed by the H5N1 bird flu
This is the first cases of the disease in France in over a year.
Michel Barnier, Minister of Agriculture and Fishing, is putting in place
the risk prevention measures corresponding to the shift from the 'moderate'
level to the 'high' level.
The "high" level: In mainland France, all birds and
poultry will have to be either locked up or protected by nets to avoid all
contact with wild birds. The gathering of birds and pigeon contests will be
French Health Minister Roselyne Bachelot said that the country was not
threatened by a bird flu
pandemic at present, but the government would remain
"We have to be extremely vigilant because the large flu epidemic that
appeared after the First World War, also known as Spanish
, was of avian origin," she said.
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