France reports bird flu outbreak in foxes near Paris, 3 dead
France has reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu among red foxes northeast of Paris, the World Organization for Animal Health (WOAH) said on Tuesday, as the spread of the virus to mammals raised global concerns .
WOAH said in a report citing French authorities that after three foxes were found dead in a nature reserve in Meaux where Gul died, one of the foxes was collected and tested.
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The World Health Organization last month described the bird flu situation as “alarming” due to a recent increase in cases in birds and mammals, and said it was reviewing its global risk assessment in light of recent developments, including cases of human transmission in Cambodia. Is.
Avian influenza, commonly called bird flu, has been spreading around the world over the past year, killing more than 200 million birds, sending egg prices soaring and raising concerns among governments about human transmission. Growing concern.
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The virus infected a cat in France in late December.
It has also been found in mink in Spain, foxes and otters in Britain, sea lions in Peru, and grizzly bears in the United States.