UK confirms avian influenza outbreaks on two new farms

The outbreaks took place in Cumbria and Lincolnshire
calendar icon 5 January 2022
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According to the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), all kept birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled. A 3-km Protection Zone and 10-km Surveillance Zone has been put in place around the premises.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 was also confirmed on 3 January 2022 in birds at a tenth premises near Alford, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. All birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled. Similar measures were taken to further prevent spread of the highly pathogenic disease.

The risk of incursion of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 in wild birds has increased from high to very high for England and high for Wales and Scotland for wild birds.

Melanie Epp

Melanie Epp is a freelance agricultural journalist from Ontario, Canada.

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