France has identified an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza on a turkey farm in the northwest of the country. This comes as a seasonal wave of infections is spreading across Europe. The French government has raised its national alert level for bird flu and is confining poultry flocks in areas at risk of contact with wild birds indoors.
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France has detected an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus on a turkey farm in the northwest of the country, Reuters reported, citing the agriculture ministry on Tuesday. A seasonal wave of infections is currently spreading across Europe. The outbreak in the Brittany region, France's first farm case this autumn, occurred near where an infected wild bird was found, the ministry said in a statement. Several cases among wild birds have been recorded in recent days, it said, adding the government had raised its national alert level for bird flu to moderate from negligible. Poultry flocks in areas particularly exposed to contact with wild birds would now be confined indoors, the ministry said. Avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, has led to the culling of hundreds of millions birds in the past years. It usually strikes in Europe during autumn and winter and has recently been detected on farms in countries including Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Croatia and ...