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Bird Flu surges in France

Bird flu is surging in France with more than 13 million poultry birds culled there since November. Officials at the agriculture ministry confirmed this is the worst bird flu crisis for France ever. Cullings have spiked since the virus reached French poultry-producing regions. The H5N1 virus which was brought by wild birds migrating in the autumn has affected all countries in the 27-member European Union except for Malta and Cyprus, with Italy suffering the most severe damage. France has been battling a surge of bird flu since March, and the United States is dealing with its worse avian flu surge since 2015. This is bad news for farmers who are also facing soaring feed prices since much of the poultry feed is made from grain.

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Picture Credit Susanne Kuehne

Posted on 26 April 2022