Confirmed case of bird flu on Lancashire farm

A case of avian flu (bird flu) has been confirmed on a Lancashire poultry farm. 

A temporary control zone has been enforced over the farm, to prevent the outbreak spreading further and all birds on the site are being culled.

The UK has a solid track record of eliminating past outbreaks, and the current risk to public health is very low, according to Defra. The Food Standards Agency also claimed there was currently no food safety risk for consumers.

“We have taken swift precautionary action to limit the risk of disease spreading. These measures to control the movement of poultry and humanely cull birds at the farm are part of our tried-and-tested approach to deal with such incidents,” said chief veterinary officer of the UK and Defra Nigel Gibbens.

The restrictions on the farm mean that all other poultry farms within the 10-kilometre control zone will not be able to move poultry or other animals.

Gibbens continued: “I would urge bird-keepers to be vigilant for any signs of disease, report suspect disease to their nearest APHA (Animal and Plant and Health Agency) office and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

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