The country's chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens says there is a continuing need for vigilance following the lifting of bird flu restrictions in East Yorkshire today.
Around 6,000 ducks were culled on a farm at Nafferton, near Driffield, following the identification of the H5N8 bird flu last month. The Yorkshire outbreak was the first serious case of bird flu in the UK since 2008.
The protection zone placed around a duck farm farm in East Yorkshire following a bird flu scare last month was lifted today.
The area around the breeding farm in Nafferton, near Driffield, has been downgraded to a 'surveillance zone' by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
A six-mile exclusion zone came into effect on November 16, followed by the culling of around six thousand ducks in a bid to contain an outbreak of the disease.
The six mile excluson zone placed around a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire after the discovery of bird flue on the premises two weeks ago is due to remain in place for at least another week.
Experts from DEFRA say the zone, which bans movements of all poultry, products and waste within the area, must remain in place for at least another seven days despite the culling of six thousand ducks at the farm at Nafferton, near Driffield, was completed ten days ago.
Around 15,000 eggs from a duck farm in East Yorkshire where strains of bird flu were found earlier this week have been destroyed.
They had been transferred to a hatchery in Lincolnshire but destroyed as a precaution.
In a statement DEFRA said:
The National Farmers' Union has urged poultry producers to remain vigilant following a case of avian influenza discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire.
The culling of around six thousand ducks is continuing today as part of measures to contain an outbreak of bird flu.
A six mile exclusion zone has been placed around the breeding farm in Nafferton near Driffield.
Experts have confirmed it's the same strain that's also been found in the Netherlands and Germany, but have stressed that the risk to public health is "very low".
The culling of around six thousand ducks will continue today after an outbreak of bird flu.
A six mile exclusion zone has been placed around the breeding farm in Nafferton near Driffield. The government says there's a very low risk to human health.
The culling of six thousand ducks has begun on a farm in East Yorkshire to try and contain an outbreak of bird flu.
Experts have confirmed it's the same strain that's also been found in the Netherlands and Germany, but have stressed again that the risk to public health is "very low".
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The strain of bird flu found on a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire is H5N8, the same strain that has been identified in the Netherlands and Germany, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said.
Assurances that the current bird flu outbreak will not affect the supply of turkeys for Christmas dinners around the country have been made today by UK farming experts.
Andrew Large, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, said: "The current outbreak has a 10km restriction zone and this will have no impact on the supply of turkeys for the festive period."
The poultry adviser for the National Farmers' Union, Gary Ford, added: "Farmers are working extremely hard at this time of year to prepare for the Christmas market and consumers can be reassured that buying British poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks) is safe."