Bird flu outbreak in south-west France
It has been reported that ten cases of a bird flu outbreak have now been detected in south-west France.
The highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus was found in the Dordogne region last month. The French Government has not confirmed whether others strains have now been detected.
As a result of the detection of the virus reports suggest eight countries have suspended French poultry imports.
The outbreak is the first in the country since the 2006 to 2007 epidemic.
Claims suggest the French government is to chair an emergency meeting with representatives of the poultry industry to discuss how to prevent further outbreaks.