Dangerous disease The H5N8 strain is highly contagious
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.Article continues below READ MORE France confirms case of H5N8 bird flu near Belgium border
France finds new case of bird flu
Staff Writer | Monday January 2, 2017 2:18PM ET
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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