Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Swans checked in France for deadly bird flu virus

Three swans found dead in northeast France are being analyzed to see if they carried the H5N1 strain of bird flu which can be fatal to humans, the agriculture ministry said Tuesday.

“First analysis have established a suspicion of bird flu. More tests are under way to see ... if this is an infection with the H5N1 strain,” the ministry said.

Results will be known Thursday, and in the meantime measures have been taken to seal off the lake in the Moselle department where the birds were found.

In accordance with EU norms, a one kilometer (0.6 mile) exclusion zone has been established around the Assenoncourt lake, as well as a wider 15 kilometer(9.3 mile) “observation” zone.

Bird flu story source: AFP

Posted by john T. on 07/04 at 02:43 PM
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