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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Bird flu

Update on emerging avian influenza virus H5N8

Updated on 24/03/2017

Keywords : H5N8 (Birds), Bird flu, Avian influenza

In early March, 27 European countries declared outbreaks with the World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) of the H5N8 or H5Nx highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, responsible for a bird flu epizootic in many of these countries. ANSES is highly involved in surveillance of avian influenza and of the propagation of the H5N8 virus and closely related viruses in France, due to its participation in the Epidemiological surveillance platform for animal health (ESA Platform), its research and reference activities concerning bird flu, and its activities in the assessment of risks to animal health.

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