A case of H7N7 avian ’flu has been confirmed at a poultry farm in Lancashire.
A temporary control zone imposed on Friday at the farm has now been replaced by a 10 kilometre surveillance zone and an inner three kilometre protection zone.
The restrictions mean all poultry farms within the 10 kilometre zone are not allowed to move poultry, captive birds or other mammals except under licence.
Public Health England said the risk to public health from the strain was very low and the Food Standards Agency confirmed there was no food safety risk for consumers.
Chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens said the restrictions were part of “our tried and tested approach to dealing with previous outbreaks.”
He said bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspect disease to their nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency office immediately and ensure they maintained good biosecurity on their premises.
“We have a strong track record of controlling and eliminating previous outbreaks of avian ’flu in the UK,” he said. “The outbreaks in Yorkshire last year and Hampshire in February were both successfully contained, allowing restrictions to be lifted at the earliest opportunity.
An investigation into the Lancashire outbreak has begun.