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France Investigates Death of 4,000 Chickens

So far, bird flu is not being blamed for the sudden deaths of 4,000 chickens on a French poultry farm.

Tests were being carried out on Monday to discover why 4,000 chickens died suddenly on a French poultry farm, although initial indications didn't point "particularly" to bird flu, France's Agriculture Ministry said.

The chickens died Saturday night. The 3,500 other chickens on the farm in eastern France were symptom-free, the ministry said in a statement.

Initial test results were expected Tuesday. "Autopsy results do not particularly point the diagnosis toward avian influenza," the statement says.

Earlier this year, 45 countries imposed full or partial bans on poultry imports from France, Europe's largest poultry producer, after the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus hit a commercial poultry farm in the southeast of the country.

Source: Dow Jones Newswire

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