Avian Influenza H5N8 virus has been identified on a premises near Redgrave, Suffolk during investigations following a recent nearby case.
Defra’s routine investigations following a confirmed case of H5N8 near Redgrave in Suffolk have led to the detection of the virus at a further separate premises.
Due to the unacceptable high risk and to contain the possible spread of avian flu, the UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that proactive culling of around 55,000 birds will take place.
It is understood the cull of birds will be at a premises operated by duck specialist Gressingham Foods, but that the virus was not found in any ducks, only in the environment, and that the cull is a precaution.
The premises will then be cleansed and disinfected, further reducing the risk to other birds. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone are already in place following the previous case in the area. Defra’s investigations will continue and the restrictions already placed on the site will remain in force until cleansing and disinfection is finished and the investigation is complete.