Avian influenza strain detected at the Suffolk chicken farm

Henrietta Brewer
December 11, 2019

Officials with Public Health England said the risk of infection to the public is "very low", while the Food Standards Agency "has made clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for United Kingdom consumers".

The low pathogenic avian flu of the H5 strain was first discovered on Tuesday, December 10. The risk to public health is officially categorised as "very low" though, but you might want to hard-boil your eggs for a while, if only to make it feel like you're doing something. All of the chickens at the farm - 27,000 to be exact - will be humanely killed in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading.

The pressure has been recognized as "low pathogenic avian flu", and Public Well being England has mentioned the danger to public well being could be very low.

'Bird breeders should remain alert for any signs of illness, report suspected illness immediately and ensure that they maintain good biosecurity in their facilities.

An in depth investigation is below option to decide the most definitely supply of the outbreak.

These include restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.

'As a precaution, we are offering public health advice and antivirals to those who had contact with the affected birds, as is standard practice'.

For more information, read DEFRA's guide to avian influenza. The last confirmed case of LPAI in the United Kingdom was in Dunfermline in January 2016.

In 2017, some 23,000 chickens were destroyed at Bridge Farm in Redgrave on the Suffolk/Norfolk border after the H5N8 avian influenza virus was found, and in June the same strain was identified in about 35 chickens and geese at a farm near Diss in Norfolk.

The primary signs of fowl flu can seem in a short time and embody a really excessive temperature or feeling sizzling or shivery, aching muscle tissue, a headache and a cough.

Vets should report any suspicions by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301 (in England), and in Wales contact 0300 303 8268.

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