French authorities start culling ducks to contain bird flu in foie gras-producing region

The virus doesn't transmit via food and is harmless to humans. The cullin of birds is expected to last until Jan 20 and could potentially affect as much as 1 million ducks.

By: AP | Paris | Published: January 5, 2017 3:21 pm
France, France bird flu, Bird Flu in France, France Bird Flu news, Frace to contain bird flu spread, Latest news, International news, world news A French farmer looks at ducks at a poultry farm in Doazit, Southwestern France. Since December last year, 89 outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in France, most of them in southwestern France. (Source: Reuters)

French authorities have started slaughtering ducks in the main foie gras-producing region to try to contain a dangerous form of bird flu. Operations to destroy birds got underway Thursday in three departments of southwestern France where an outbreak of the H5N8 virus hasn’t stabilized.

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The virus doesn’t transmit via food and is harmless to humans. The cull is expected to last until Jan 20 and could potentially affect as much as 1 million ducks.

Since December last year, 89 outbreaks of bird flu have been reported in France, most of them in southwestern France. According to the Agriculture Ministry, the quick spread of the virus justified the cull, which will be accompanied by compensation measures for farmers.

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