The bird flu virus found in five regions of southwest France over the past three weeks has no risk of spreading to humans, the French farm minister said on Monday, basing his statement on a study released by the food and health agency.
Two new outbreaks of bird flu were detected in the Landes and Dordogne departments on Monday, bringing the total number to 15, involving three different strains: H5N1, H5N2 and H5N9, the ministry said.
“There is no risk of the H5N1 virus for human health, none whatsoever,” Agriculture Minister Stephane Le Foll told reporters, adding that the H5N2 and H5N9 strains have proximities close enough to make the statement valid for them too.
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