France prepares new cull of ducks over bird flu fears

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Amid the third epidemic of bird flu in France in the space of five years, and which has already resulted in the killing of around 700,000 birds since the outbreak was first discovered in December, a new cull of hundreds of thousands, mostly ducks,is to begin within days.

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France’s government has announced that 700,000 birds euthanised since December would be followed by hundreds of thousands more as authorities expanded the range of authorisations for culls on farms affected by the outbreak, reports Radio France Internationale.