By RIA Novosti
Paris : Avian influenza resurfaced in France after samples from three dead swans in the eastern part of the country tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the Agriculture Ministry said Thursday.
Veterinary experts confirmed the H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus in the three wild swans, which were discovered Tuesday in a pond in Assenoncourt in the Moselle department, the ministry said.
Last month, avian influenza reappeared in Germany's Bavaria and Saxonia. The H5N1 strain was also found on poultry farms in Hungary, Britain and the Czech Republic this year.
In France, bird flu was registered last February in the Ain department in the east of the country. The authorities reacted promptly and contained the virus by culling or vaccinating all poultry on 11,000 farms.