Friday, March 03, 2017

UK: DEFRA Announces Another H5N8 Outbreak In Suffolk


A little over 2 weeks ago (Feb 13th) DEFRA announced the UK's 9th poultry outbreak with HPAI H5N8 this winter (see UK: New H5N8 Outbreak In Suffolk - DEFRA). A 10km Temporary Control Zone around a poultry premises near Redgrave, and nearby farms were placed under strict monitoring.

Today DEFRA has announced a second farm - one with roughly 55,000 birds - will be culled and disinfected after traces of the virus were apparently detected in - or nearby - this facility.  

They are calling a `proactive' culling, so the exact circumstances are not completely clear.  The DEFRA statement reads:

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