Outbreaks

France detects H5N8 bird flu on duck farm

Ducks at a fresh market in Taipei.

Ducks at a fresh market in Taipei.  (Reuters)

France has detected a case of the highly contagious H5N8 strain of bird flu on a duck farm in the southwest, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.

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The outbreak, which killed 2,000 out of a flock of 5,000 ducks on the farm in the Tarn region, follows a case of H5N8 confirmed among wild birds in northern France this week and is the latest of a series of outbreaks in Europe.