A case of H5 low pathogenicity avian influenza (LPAI) has been confirmed on a chicken farm in mid-Suffolk, and a 1km restriction zone is in place. An official investigation has commenced, and all birds on the farm will be humanely culled.
“Bird flu outbreak identified in Norfolk“
The BVA and the British Veterinary Poultry Association said in a statement: “We’d like to emphasise that this strain of avian influenza virus poses very low risk to public health and disease control actions taken to date reduce risks to poultry health. The quick identification of the suspected case by a private veterinary surgeon and swift precautionary measures to contain the disease also illustrate the ongoing importance of a robust veterinary surveillance system. The BVA and BVPA urge all vets and poultry keepers, including keepers of backyard flocks and seasonal poultry producers, to remain vigilant to any unusual signs of disease and continue to maintain the highest standards of hygiene and biosecurity. Any suspicions of avian influenza should be reported to Defra as soon as possible.”