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The strain has 2 mutations that might alter its susceptibility to the neuraminidase inhibitor class of antiviral drugs.
The strain resulted from a mix of high-path H5N8 and low-path H3N6.
Farmers in France's foie gras region will halt production for 6 weeks.
Japan, meanwhile, reports two large H5N6 outbreaks at poultry farms in different prefectures.
H5N8 has now been confirmed in 40 countries, and South Korean scientists shared genetic findings from a recent H5N6 isolate.
Also, 5 European nations report much more H5N8, and Japan confirms a new H5 outbreak.
The UK reported H5N8 avian flu on a pheasant farm housing 10,000 birds.
In addition to widespread H5N8, H5N1 is confirmed in Nigeria and H5N6 in Japan.
Several European countries reported more H5N8 outbreaks several different settings: wild birds, poultry, and even at a zoo.
Meanwhile, many countries across Europe and Asia continue to battle outbreaks of several strains.
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