H1N1 virus present in animals in 20 countries

In the North West of France, H1N1 is found in turkeys. The 8,500 animals are being kept in quarantine.

With this finding, France is the 20th country that has detected H1N1 in animals. In all cases, the animals were infected by humans with flu characteristics. The disease symptoms in animals are mild.

The virus has been found in animals in Canada, Australia, Chile, UK, Ireland, Norway, Japan, Iceland, Indonesia, Finland, USA, Italy, Mexico, Thailand, Korea, Russia, Denmark, Argentina, Serbia and France.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) watches over the risks that the virus is transmitted via meat consumption. The OIE advises to keep the control of the virus running to get a good insight of the spreading of the virus.

Natalie Berkhout

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