Three further cases of avian influenza confirmed in England

Three new cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in England over the weekend.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 has been confirmed in a commercial duck breeding premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. The 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone has been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone.

Separately, highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed in backyard poultry near Gillingham, North Dorset, Dorset on 19 December 2020. All birds on the premises will be humanely culled. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been declared.

Avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in a backyard flock of chickens near Hawes, Richmondshire, North Yorkshire on 17 December 2020. On the 18 December 2020 further testing confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). Further genetic analysis is underway to confirm whether this is also the same H5N1 strain that has previously been found in wild birds. A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone and 10km Temporary Movement Restriction Zone have been declared around the premises. 


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