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France finds new case of bird flu

Staff Writer |
Authorities in France confirmed an outbreak of severe bird flu in the Deux-Sevres administrative department in the west of the country, an area previously unaffected by bird flu cases.

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Laboratory tests confirmed the presence of H5N8 avian influenza among backyard birds and at a poultry farm in two rural districts near the western town of Niort, the Deux-Sevres prefecture said in a statement.

France has already confirmed more than 80 cases of H5N8 bird flu among domestic poultry, but these have been in southwestern areas far from the latest outbreaks.

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