Poultry sales in France saw a marked fall between last Saturday [15 October] and yesterday [19 October] as concern grew over the threat of avian influenza.

French food retail association FCD said poultry retail sales fell by 20% in volume terms on concern that the potentially fatal H5N1 bird flu virus was making its way into Europe.

Meanwhile a villager has become the 13th person to die of bird flu in Thailand while his son is being treated for flu-like symptoms. He is the first person to die of bird flu in Thailand this year.