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Bird flu hits sale of poultry

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Bird flu hits sale of poultry


Authorities in China now say the death of a girl in a village where there had been a bird flu outbreak was in fact caused by pneumonia. Indonesia, though, is still investigating possible new cases on the resort island of Bali after the death of several domestic fowl.

The new alerts in Asia come as three people on the french island of Reunion were tested for the virus. Health officials say the patients are three tourists who had been to a bird zoo in Thailand. Bird flu has now been ruled out in one of the cases, and officials are awaiting results for the other two. Croatia became the latest in Europe to confirm it has found the lethal H5N1 strain of the virus in some dead birds. It has already been detected in Russia, Turkey, Romania, and in a parrot in quarantine in Britain. Germany and Greece are also testing birds. Sales of poultry around Europe have fallen by up to 50 percent in some countries, and reports are emerging that some companies are looking at laying off staff. The European Commission has repeated its claims that consumers face no risk from eating the products, but some experts say the threat cannot be ruled out.
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