The reported spread in South Korea, China and Japan of the highly pathogenic avian influenza has put the poultry industry on high alert.
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.
Japan’s last outbreak of bird flu was in January 2018, also in Kagawa prefecture, when 91,000 chickens were culled.
Bird flu of the type H5N8 was also found on a poultry farm in northern Germany, the state's agriculture ministry said, after it had already spread among the wild bird population in the region.
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