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Bird flu outbreak at Northumberland farm

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu at a farm near Haltwhistle. Credit: PA

There has been an outbreak of bird flu at a farm in Northumberland.

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small flock of chickens at a farm near Haltwhistle.

A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

The flock contains about 35 birds. A number have died and the remaining live birds at the premises are being humanely culled. A full investigation is under way to determine the source of the infection.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

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