The UK’s deputy CVO has confirmed a second case of H5N8 avian flu among farmed pheasants in Wyre, Lancashire.

A business link exists between the two affected premises in Wyre, Lancashire.

Around 10,000 birds were culled at one commercial game rearing farm in Wyre when H5N8 was originally identified on 24 January.

A thousand birds culled

Now, a further 1,000 pheasants have been culled at a separate rearing operation nearby after the pathogen was confirmed on 27 January.

Defra said a business link exists between the two premises.

The second pheasant infection case was proactively identified as part of a routine investigation of premises traced as a result of confirmation of the disease in Lancashire earlier this week.

Thousands of turkeys have been slaughtered after H5N8 was identified at two separate farms in Lincolnshire. The pathogen has also been discovered in small backyard flocks of chickens and ducks in Carmarthenshire and North Yorkshire, and in wild birds.

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