England: H5N1 epidemiological report released
DEFRA have issued their initial epidemiological report into the H5N1 bird
flu outbreak at Redgrave farm in North Suffolk.
According to the report, disease found at the farm in England is
genetically 99.8% identical to that found in a mute swan in the Czech Republic
in July, suggesting that wild birds may have introduced the virus. It is also
noted in the report that processing, by-products, transport and imports are all
highly unlikely routes of infection in this case.
Control zones remain in place across Norfolk and Suffolk and poultry
farmers in the area have housed their flocks and their movements are under
"The report highlights two areas, foremost how we handle the risk of
infection to free-range and organic poultry flocks," said Peter Bradnock, BPC
Chief Executive, "We will be sitting down with the government and looking at
further guidance on bio-security for outdoor flocks; this will be essential as
consumers and retailers show an increasing preference for free-range poultry
"This was an incident involving small, free-range flocks in one distinct
section of a poultry company. They, and the wider poultry sector, will be
looking at the lessons here in terms of movements between farms and the location
of free-range flocks. There may be planning implications which will have to be
overcome in relation to the poultry sector's ability to relocate some farms,"
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