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Avian Influenza Update 15th February - HPAI H5N8 confirmed in Suffolk 

Defra has confirmed HPAI H5N8 at a broiler breeder premises near in Redgrave, Suffolk. The affected premises consists of around 23,000 broiler breeder, a number had died and Defra decided to humanely cull the remaining birds. 
This follows the announcement of an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone around the premises on 13 February after laboratory analysis identified the presence of H5N8. Further investigations into the nature of the virus have now confirmed that it is the same highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 that has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK since December 2016.
A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Culling will commence today.
You can check Defra’s interactive map to check if you live within the Protection or Surveillance zones around any infected premises. Regionalisation is Mid-Suffolk but certain third countries may regionalise at county level.

If you have any queries regarding the contents of this post, please speak to your vet or contact the practice on 01392 872932. 

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