Bird Flu Outbreak

Health officials in France are trying to contain an outbreak of bird flu.

A farm with more than 10,000 birds has been contaminated with the virus.

The lethal H5N1 bird flu strain has spread from Asia to at least 10 European countries and Africa, and scientists fear it could mutate into a form that is easily transmitted between humans, sparking a pandemic.

Leaders are urging the public not to panic but Japan has temporarily banned the import of poultry products from France.

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