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EU implements measures to contain bird flu outbreak

Published:Tuesday | November 18, 2014 | 8:39 AM

The European Commission has adopted protective measures to try to contain a bird flu outbreak after new cases were reported in the UK and the Netherlands.

The measures include killing animals in infected areas and banning sales of poultry products from those areas.

The Dutch government has reported the highly contagious H5N8 strain at a poultry farm there.

The UK reported a case at a duck farm in East Yorkshire, and the European Commission said it was probably identical.

H5N8 can potentially affect humans.

EU officials say the outbreaks may be linked to bird flu recently found in Germany.

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