A temporary control zone has been imposed at a poultry farm in Lancashire in light of a suspected case of avian ‘flu.

All birds at the premises will be humanely culled as a precautionary measure to limit the risk of disease spread.

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

The restrictions mean all poultry farms within the 10km temporary control zone around the affected premises are not allowed to move poultry and other animals.

The decision to take precautionary action has been made based on the clinical symptoms displayed by birds at the farm and emerging laboratory findings. An investigation into the suspect case and laboratory tests are being carried out.

Chief vet Nigel Gibbens said swift precautionary action had been taken to limit the risk of disease spreading.

“These measures to control the movement of poultry and humanely cull birds at the farm are part of our tried and tested approach to deal with such incidents,” he said.

Anyone suspecting avian ‘flu should immediately contact their nearest Animal and Plant and Health Agency office. The bird ‘flu outbreaks in Yorkshire last year and Hampshire in February were both successfully contained.

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