Defra has confirmed a case of avian flu outbreak in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire with very low risk to human health and no risk to the food chain.
Immediate action has been taken to control the outbreak including introducing a 10km restriction zone and a complete cull of all 6,000 birds on the farm to prevent any potential spread of infection. The case confirmed on Sunday afternoon has been identified as a H5 avian flu strain and tests are being run to identify the exact strain of the disease. Public Health England have confirmed the risk to public health is extremely low and we have ruled out the H5N1 strain that is infectious for humans.
According to NPA, pig producers should be aware that movement of pigs off holdings with poultry on them in no-movement zones is banned.
Monday November 17, 2014
DEFRA/ United Kingdom. https://www.gov.uk
NPA/ United Kingdom. http://www.npa-uk.org.uk