Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain had been reported in Russia, Europe, China, the Middle East and North Africa in recent months but only in poultry so far.
France’s first farm outbreak of the virus this year comes as bird flu spreads rapidly in Europe, putting the poultry industry on alert after previous outbreaks led to the culling of tens of millions of birds.
Retailers in several European countries have pulled millions of eggs from supermarket shelves as the scare over the use of the insecticide fipronil widened
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