A full investigation is underway to determine the source of the H5N8 infection.

The UK’s deputy CVO has confirmed H5N8 avian flu at a poultry farm near Redgrave, near Diss in mid-Suffolk.

The confirmation follows the announcement of an initial 10km control zone around the poultry site on 13 February after a number of birds died.

Highly pathogenic

Further investigations have confirmed it is the same highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 found in wild and farmed birds in the UK since December 2016.

Around 23,000 broiler chickens are being culled and production at another unconnected poultry site nearby has ceased until further notice as a precautionary measure. A full investigation is now underway to determine the source of the infection.

Protection zone

A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone have been put in place around the infected farm to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

This is the ninth outbreak of H5N8 AI in the UK since bird flu reached the UK from mainland Europe vectored by wild birds.

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