NATIONAL NEWS: Case of bird flu confirmed

The scene of the bird flu outbreak.
The scene of the bird flu outbreak.

A case of H7N7 avian flu has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Lancashire, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.

A temporary control zone imposed at the affected farm has now been replaced by a 10km surveillance zone and an inner 3km protection zone, and all birds at the farm will be culled to limit the risk of disease spreading, DEFRA have said.

The risk to public health is very low, according to Public Health England, and the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for consumers.

Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said: “Final tests results have confirmed a case of avian flu at a farm in Lancashire.

“Restrictions put in place last week will continue and the humane culling of all birds at the site is progressing.

“These actions are part of our tried and tested approach to dealing with previous outbreaks.

“Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health from this strain is very low.

“The Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for consumers.

“Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspect disease to their nearest APHA office immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

An investigation into the case is ongoing.