Dead turkeys in France test positive for bird flu
Feb 25, 2006 - 9:55:37 AM
The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was present on dead turkeys found on a farm in the southeast of France, officials confirmed Saturday.
Initial analyses on the birds Friday detected the H5 virus, but further tests were necessary to determine if the turkeys carried the H5N1 viral strain responsible for the deaths of more than 90 people in Asia and Turkey.
Some 400 dead birds were found on the farm in Versailleux in the region of Ain, and the rest of the approximately 11,000 turkeys on the site were immediately put down. Five employees of the farm were receiving treatment to prevent illness.
The farm is some 80 km from where a wild duck carrying the H5N1 virus was found last week. In a press statement, the French Poultry Federation said Friday the turkeys could have been infected by the droppings from the duck.
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