Defra has today (23 December) confirmed H5N8 avian influenza in dead wild wigeons in Somerset and Leicestershire.

A wigeon duck was found dead and submitted for testing. It was confirmed it tested positive for the H5N8 strain of the avian influenza virus. Image: © Fotolia/ondrejprosicky.
A wigeon duck. Image: © Fotolia/ondrejprosicky.

The Scottish Government has also confirmed the disease in a wild peregrine falcon in Dumfries and Galloway.

The news follows the Welsh Government confirming a case of the H5N8 bird flu virus in a dead wild wigeon in Carmarthenshire yesterday.

On 16 December a case of the H5N8 bird flu virus in turkeys was discovered in a poultry farm near Louth in Lincolnshire. All birds at the premises have died or have been humanely culled to limit the risk of disease spread.



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