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New European avian flu detections include H5N6 in Sweden and Ireland, H5N8 in Italy, and low-path H5N3 in France.
In addition, Mexico reports two highly pathogenic H7N3 outbreaks in poultry.
The low-path H7 detection is the first in the US this year, and more tests will be done to characterize the H7N1 virus.
In research news, French scientists detect signs of airborne H5N8 on farms.
DEFRA says the risk of avian flu spreading to other UK wild birds is high.
The strain has 2 mutations that might alter its susceptibility to the neuraminidase inhibitor class of antiviral drugs.
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.
Also, Croatia reports its first high-path H5N5 outbreak in poultry.
Nepal also reports H5N1 at a zoo, while 5 European nations confirm more H5N8 outbreaks.
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