Bird flu spreads to fourth region in southwest France

December 10, 2015 8:00 PM

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Bird flu spreads to fourth region in southwest France

PARIS France has discovered two new outbreaks of highly pathogenic bird flu including one in the Gers region in southwest France, the agriculture ministry said on Thursday, bringing to four the number of regions hit by the virus in the country.

The ministry said the H5N2 virus was found at a farm with 8,300 ducks in Gers and the H5N9 strain was detected in a farm with more than 20,000 chickens, guinea fowl and ducks in the neighboring Landes region.

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