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UK reports two separate outbreaks of bird flu

The UK recorded two new outbreaks of avian influenza at a broiler farm and turkey breeding facility, renewing calls for poultry keepers to remain vigilant and keep their birds housed.

29 March 2021, at 10:15am

The UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has confirmed an outbreak of H5N8 bid flu on a commercial broiler farm near Uttoxeter, East Staffordshire. The agency has also identified an outbreak of H5N3 avian influenza in turkey breeders at a commercial premises near Winsford, Cheshire West and Chester. That outbreak has been confirmed as low pathogenic.

APHA and Defra created exclusion zones around the premises and plans to cull the broilers at the Uttoxeter farm. Defra is also advising poultry keepers to keep their animals housed and remain vigilant.