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Three test negative for bird flu after Hampshire farm outbreak

Three people have tested negative for bird flu after a "low severity" outbreak at a farm in Upham, Hampshire.

Officials revealed the results of the trio's tests today, as they prepared to slaughter 10,000 chickens to control the outbreak.

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Hampshire MP 'very concerned' by news of bird flu

A Hampshire MP has said he is "very concerned" by news that bird flu had been detected at a farm in the Upham area.

George Hollingbery MP said the farm was in the Upham area Credit: Google Maps

George Hollingbery, who represents the Meon Valley constituency, said health experts had reassured him that the risk of danger to the public was "very low".

The news of an outbreak of avian flu in Upham is obviously very concerning and I've been liaising closely with Public Health England, based in Fareham, Hampshire County Council and Defra throughout today to ensure I’m kept up to date with developments.

It appears that all precautions have taken place to ensure this problem is dealt with effectively and the experts are doing all they can to identify exactly what type of H7 strain it could be.

Most importantly, I have been told that presently any danger to the public is very low and this is very welcome news. The strain is a mild one and is not similar to the recent outbreak at a duck farm in East Yorkshire.

However, there is no doubt the authorities are taking it very seriously and regular updates will be issued in due course.

– George Hollingbery MP

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