DEFRA publishes report on UK bird flu case
DEFRA has published an epidemiology report into the avian flu outbreak
confirmed on a free range layer unit near Banbury, UK earlier this month,
Farmers Weekly reports.
The report concludes that, at the time of writing (11
June), the outbreak is confined to a single premises and there is no evidence of
infection in the Protection Zone or of spread to any other premises. However,
It suggests that it is possible that a low
pathogenic strain already present on the farm had mutated into the highly
pathogenic H7N7 avian flu. Analysis and investigations are continuing and a
number of source hypotheses are being considered.
officer, Nigel Gibbens, said: "The UK is at a constant, but low level of risk of
the introduction of avian flu and the report highlights the need for flock
owners and poultry vets to remain vigilant for signs of disease, including the
possibility of low pathogenic avian flu."Related
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