Sunday, June 04, 2017

UK: DEFRA Reports Outbreak Of HPAI H5N8 In Norfolk



Last yesterday DEFRA, the UK's Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, confirmed an outbreak of HPAI H5N8 in a small flock in South Norfolk, near the border with Suffolk county.
This comes not quite a month after the UK's last outbreak in Thornton, Wyre, Lancashire, and just three weeks after the Avian Flu Prevention Zone and ban on poultry gatherings was lifted for most of the country in mid-May.

Although the level of avian flu activity in Europe is but a small fraction of what it was a couple of months ago, over the past week we've seen HPAI reports from the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg, and Italy.

A reminder that the virus continues to circulate in wild and migratory birds - even during the summer - and that while reduced, the threat has not gone away completely.

Avian flu confirmed at a farm near Diss, South Norfolk

H5N8 avian flu has been confirmed in a small flock of chickens and geese at a premises near Diss, South Norfolk.

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