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Bird flu breaks out in UK town

Press Association logoPress Association 4/06/2017

Bird flu has broken out in a flock of birds at a premises in a UK town.

The H5N8 strain of avian flu was confirmed to have hit a small flock of around 35 chickens and geese in the market town of Diss in south Norfolk.

A number have died and the remaining live birds at the premises are being humanely culled, according to Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

A protection zone and a wider surveillance zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading while an investigation is under way to find the source of the infection.

"The risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers," a Defra spokeswoman said.

"Keepers are urged to continue to be vigilant and look out for the signs of avian flu in their flocks, informing the Animal and Plant Health Agency should they suspect infection."

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