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UK reports more cases of H5N8 bird flu

Animal health authorities in the UK are identifying more cases of highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza in commercial and backyard poultry.

31 December 2020, at 7:59am

The Animal and Plant Health Agency in the UK has confirmed three outbreaks of H5N8 bird flu this week in East Devon and Norfolk. The cases in Devon were found in backyard poultry and the other two outbreaks in Norfolk were found at a duck farm and in a captive (non-poultry) bird.

Surveillance zones have been declared around the outbreaks. The latest outbreaks follow ramped up biosecurity protocols announced earlier in December.

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