It has been confirmed that three swans found dead in eastern France were killed by the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu. This is the first outbreak of the disease in France in more than a year. France had only just increased measures against bird flu after it was found in wild birds in Germany. Veterinarians say they are closely watching the situation, to see whether more birds die, and they are stopping the transit of domestic birds in the area.
Last year some 13 countries in the European Union confirmed cases of bird flu. It is estimated the H5N1 strain has killed nearly 200 people round the world, though no victims have been reported in Europe.