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Duck cull begins after bird flu discovery in East Yorkshire

There has been an outbreak of bird flu on a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire according to The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.

Officials insist the risk to public health is "very low" and said they are embarking on a cull of all poultry at the affected farm.

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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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