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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, 5 European nations report much more H5N8, and Japan confirms a new H5 outbreak.
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.
The H5N8 avian flu virus sweeping across Europe has now been detected for the first time in Britain.
In addition, France and the UK take steps to lower risk from the highly pathogenic avian flu strain.
Also, a study from China says H5N6 has replaced H5N1 as the dominant strain in southern poultry.
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