18,000 birds culled near nature reserve

UK - Around 18,000 birds were culled over the weekend after an outbreak of a deadly poultry disease in East Lothian - just five miles from a nature reserve.
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Restrictions will be enforced for at least three weeks at Fenton Barns farm in Drem, where the deadly Newcastle disease was confirmed.

The outbreak is near Aberlady Bay, a designated site of special scientific interest because of its ornithological significance.

Although not a health risk to humans, the virus, which was found in a flock of grey partridges at the farm, is a killer among poultry and wild birds.

A surveillance zone of 6.2 miles has been placed around the infected area and will remain in place for a minimum of 30 days as inspectors monitor the situation.

Source: The Scotsman

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