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Avian flu confirmed in Lancashire

A case of H7N7 avian flu has now been confirmed in Lancashire. A temporary control zone imposed on Friday at the affected farm has now been replaced by a 10 km surveillance zone and an inner 3 km protection zone. Restrictions remain in place and the humane culling of all birds at the farm has been completed.

Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health from this strain is very low.

The restrictions mean that all poultry farms within the 10 km control zone around the infected premises are not allowed to move poultry, captive birds or other mammals except under licence.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens said:

“Final tests results have confirmed a case of avian flu at a farm in Lancashire. Restrictions put in place last week will continue and the humane culling of all birds is now complete. These actions are part of our tried and tested approach to dealing with previous outbreaks.

“Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspect disease to their nearest APHA office immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.

“We have a strong track record of controlling and eliminating previous outbreaks of avian flu in the UK. The outbreaks in Yorkshire last year and Hampshire in February were both successfully contained, allowing restrictions to be lifted at the earliest opportunity.”

An investigation into this case is ongoing.

Anyone suspecting avian flu (bird flu) should contact their nearest Animal and Plant and Health Agency (APHA) office immediately.

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