The outbreak of avian flu in a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire is "most likely" the same strain as the outbreak over the weekend in the Netherlands, ITV News understands.
The particular strain of the virus - believed to be H5N8 in Yorkshire, the Netherlands and Germany - is extremely contagious between birds, raising fears that there will be more cases in Europe.
If confirmed as H5N8 it will be the first time this strain has been found in Europe - having previously only been in Japan and Korea.
Measures to prevent the spread of bird flu are under way after the first serious case in the UK for six years was confirmed at a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire.
All 6000 ducks at the farm in Driffield will be culled and a 10km restriction zone has been put in place to prevent the spread of infection.
UK chief veterinary officer, Nigel Gibbens said they were dealing with a 'serious threat' to the poultry industry.
Labour's Shadow Food and Farming Minister said it was vital the government take steps to contain the spread of bird flu.
Responding to the confirmation of the outbreak of bird flu at a Yorkshire duck farm, Huw Irranca-Davies said:
These reports are deeply worrying. The Government must provide assurances that the incident does not pose a danger to public health and that measures are being taken to prevent any potential spread of infection.
A 10km restriction zone has been put in place around the Yorkshire duck farm where bird flu has been confirmed, and all poultry on the farm will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease.
The National Farmers Union said measures were in place to prevent the spread of the disease and the risk to public health is "very low".
We understand that there has been an outbreak of bird flu at a Yorkshire duck farm.
We understand from Public Health England that the risk to public health is very low.
Defra has introduced a restriction zone and there will be a cull of birds on the farm.
- Avian influenza (A1) commonly known as bird flu is an infectious viral disease of birds.
- Most bird flu viruses do not infect humans but some strains such as A(H5N1) and A (H7N9) have caused serious infections in people.
- The primary risk factor for human infection appears to be direct or indirect exposure to infected live or dead poultry or contaminated environments, such as live bird markets.
- There is no evidence that the disease can spread to people through properly cooked food.
- Controlling the disease in animals is the first step to reducing risk to people.
A "highly pathogenic" strain of bird flu has been found at a poultry farm in the Netherlands.
Officials have announced a temporary ban on all transport to and from the country following the find at a farm in Hekendorp.
Some 150,000 birds being kept at the farm are being destroyed in accordance with European rules.
It comes after 10,000 chickens were destroyed in March after bird flu was found at a farm in the eastern Dutch province of Gelderland.
The UK's chief veterinary officer said the strain of bird flu detected on a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire is not the deadly H5N1 version of the virus. Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Nigel Gibbens said:
We know it's an H5 strain but not N1, it is highly pathogenic.
On the basis of what we know of the strain to date, Public Health England has said that this strain does not present a threat to public health.
There has been an outbreak of bird flu on a British duck breeding farm according to The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
Defra said it has confirmed at least one case of the virus at the farm in Yorkshire but they insisted the risk to public health is "very low", and said they have ruled out H5N1 but are embarking on a cull of all poultry at the affected farm.
A Defra spokeswoman said: "We have confirmed a case of avian flu on a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire - the public health risk is very low and there is no risk to the food chain.
"We are taking immediate and robust action which includes introducing a 10km restriction zone and culling all poultry on the farm to prevent any potential spread of infection. A detailed investigation is ongoing.
There has been an outbreak of bird flu on a British duck breeding farm. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed at least one case of the virus at the farm in the Driffield area of East Yorkshire.
But it insisted the risk to public health is "very low", and said it is embarking on a cull of all poultry at the stricken farm.
Defra confirmed the outbreak it is investigating is the H5 virus, but said it is not the H5N1 strain, which has caused serious concern in recent years. It added that laboratory test results are expected early this week.
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