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Avian influenza discovered near Romsey with 3km protection zone in place

NUMBER of birds are expected to be culled after bird flu cases are found near Romsey.

It was confirmed yesterday on the official government website that cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 – also known as bird flu – were found among a flock of non-commercial birds near Romsey on December 30. at 19 ‘o clock.

A 3 km protection zone covering Whiteparish, Newtown and Sherfield English, and a 10 km surveillance zone covering parts of Romsey, West Wellow and Cadnam have been put in place around the premises.

All birds at the infected premises will be “humane cull”.

Defra said all poultry farmers are encouraged to maintain high standards of biosecurity as good practice for the health of their birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defense against diseases such as avian influenza and is essential for limit the spread of avian influenza in the event of an epidemic. .

The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) has said bird flu is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the health of the general public is very low.

The Food Standards Agency has said that based on current scientific evidence, bird flu poses a very low food safety risk to UK consumers. Well-cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Avian flu has no connection with Covid-19.