A 1km cordon has been imposed around a Hampshire chicken farm after a low-severity strain of bird flu was found. The H7 strain is much less dangerous than the H5N8 strain detected in Yorkshire in November, and government experts say there is no link between the two cases.
The birds at the commercial chicken breeding farm will now be culled, and the country's chief vet has urged poultry keepers nearby to stay alert as the poultry movement restriction zone was put into force.
We have taken immediate action to contain this outbreak as part of our robust procedures for dealing swiftly with avian flu. This is a low severity form of the virus and we are taking action to ensure that the disease does not spread or develop into a more severe form.
We are investigating the possible sources of the outbreak.
I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.
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