A “low severity” case of avian ‘flu has been confirmed in chickens at a farm in Hampshire according to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Robust action is being taken to prevent any spread of the disease, which tests have confirmed as a low severity H7 strain of the disease that poses “very low risk to human health”.

A 1km poultry movement restriction zone has been imposed and birds at the commercial chicken breeding farm are to be culled as part of APHA’s “tried and tested procedures” for responding swiftly and thoroughly when an outbreak occurs.

Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said: “We are taking action to ensure the disease does not spread or develop into a more severe form. We are investigating the possible sources of the outbreak.

“I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

A spokesperson for the Food Standards Agency said: “Laboratory investigations on the outbreak indicate that it is the N7 sub-type of H7 but this will need to be confirmed in further testing.”

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