Avian flu risk level 'high following confirmed cases

14 Nov 2020

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A highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 avian influenza has been confirmed at a broiler breeder farm in Cheshire.

All 13,500 birds at the farm, which produces hatching eggs, were humanely culled.

Defra confirmed on 4 November that the strain was related to the virus currently circulating in Europe.

Meanwhile, a 3 km protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone around the infected site near the town of Frodsham have been put in place to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

UK chief vet Christine Middlemiss said: ‘We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this farm to control and eliminate it.’

Low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) caused by the H5N2 strain was also confirmed earlier this month (2 November) at a small commercial premises near Deal in Kent. All 480 birds at this site were culled and a 1 km LPAI restricted zone...