France culls hundreds of thousands of ducks to fight bird flu


The H5N8 strain of aviation influenza has been affecting south-west France since November, hitting 95 farms with a mortality rate of 30 percent.

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A cull of hundreds of thousands of ducks and geese began in south-west France on Thursday in an effort to stop a new strain of bird flu that is judged more virulent than the one that hit the country in 2015, reports RFI.