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Labour: Government must ensure bird flu does not spread

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.

– Huw Irranca-Davies MP
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Birds to be culled on infected Yorkshire farm

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.

– National Farmers' Union spokesman

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Five facts you need to know about bird flu

Officials insist the risk to public health is low Credit: PA
  • 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.
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Bird flu found at poultry farm in Netherlands

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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.

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Bird flu in Yorkshire duck farm 'not the deadly H5N1 strain'

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.

– Nigel Gibbens
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Bird flu case found on duck breeding farm in Yorkshire

There has been an outbreak of bird flu on a British duck breeding farm according to The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

There has been an outbreak of bird flu on a British duck breeding farm. Credit: The Canadian Press, Richard Lam

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.

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Avian flu at duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire

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.

IPCC to investigate West Yorkshire Police after man dies following police custody

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is to investigate events whilst a man was in custody in a Leeds police station after he subsequently died in hospital.

Robert Ward was arrested on 7 October 2014 and was taken to Elland Road police station in Leeds. While in custody he swallowed unknown substances on three separate occasions. He was twice taken to a Leeds hospital, where he was examined and received medical attention before being returned to Elland Road police station.

Mr Ward, 26, was subsequently bailed by the court on 9 October. He was found unconscious and unresponsive on the morning of 10 October. An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital, where he remained until he died on 28 Oct 2014.

The IPCC’s independent investigation will examine how Mr Ward was able to retain any substances while in custody, how he managed to take them, whether he was sufficiently supervised and if the necessary risk assessments were conducted.

IPCC investigators are to review CCTV recovered from the custody suite and will be identifying any witnesses useful to the investigation.

The IPCC investigation is not examining any issues around Mr Ward’s arrest and/or any link between him taking any substances and his death.

"My thoughts are with Mr Ward’s family and friends at this time following his untimely death. We will be thoroughly investigating how unauthorised substances came to remain on his person while in custody and the care and supervision he received from West Yorkshire Police.”

– IPCC Commissioner Kathryn Stone OBE

Woman killed in Land Rover in Lincolnshire

A woman has died following a car accident on Station Road in North Kelsey Moor, Market Rasen, yesterday afternoon.

Police say they were called just before 3.40pm and the body of the woman was subsequently discovered in a Land Rover that was found in a ditch.

Emergency Services attended and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call the Lincolnshire Police Collision Witness Hotline on 01522 558855 or call the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 237 of 11/11/2014.

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