The bird flu epidemic in southwest France, home to most duck and foie
gras producers, has led to more than three million poultry being killed
and its rapid expansion is making producers fear the worst for the
region's entire flock.
France and Hungary have been the countries hardest hit by the highly
contagious H5N8 avian flu virus that has been spreading across Europe
as well as Middle eastern countries in the past three months.
Foie gras producers estimated the number of poultry killed or culled
due to bird flu in France at more than 3.2 million birds by Wednesday
and forecast this would reach 3.4 million as the government extended
the slaughtering area.