H1N1 swine flu found in UK poultry

The H1N1 strain of influenza has been detected in turkeys on a farm in Cheshire, according to DEFRA.

It was discovered during a routine notifiable avian disease investigation relating to a small number of turkeys showing mild signs of disease. During the investigation there was clinical improvement in these birds.

Results of laboratory tests show that statutory notifiable avian disease – where the government would need to take animal health action – can be ruled out. Restrictions have since been lifted on the farm.

Pandemic H1N1, in common with avian influenza, has not been shown to be transmissible to people through eating properly handled and cooked poultry meat, products and eggs, therefore there is no food safety risk.

Bird keepers have been adivsed to continue to maintain appropriate biosecurity measures and be vigilant for signs of notifiable avian disease and report any suspicion promptly to the Animal Health agency.

The discovery comes amid renewed public fears over H1N1, after a marked upsurge in cases in humans in the UK since December.

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