Defra has confirmed an outbreak of avian influenza in a flock of about 6,000 birds at a second Lincolnshire turkey farm.

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H5N8 has been discovered on a turkey farm in East Lindsey, Lincs. Image: Ivonne Wierink / Fotolia.

The highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 strain, discovered on a farm in East Lindsey, is the same as that found in a commercial flock of turkeys on a farm near Louth, which was confirmed by the UK’s CVO on 16 December.

Protection zone

A number of birds in new outbreak have died and those remaining will be culled. The two cases are unlikely to be linked, but an investigation is underway, Defra said.

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

This latest discovery comes after H5N8 was found in flocks in Carmarthenshire, south-west Wales and North Yorkshire earlier this month.

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