Flock of 30,000 turkeys will be killed after bird flu outbreak on Norfolk farm – sparkes fear of Christmas supplies
- 30,000 turkeys are killed on a farm in East Anglia after bird flu outbreaks
- The H5N8 strain of avian flu was confirmed to have been found on Friday
- DEFRA did not identify the farm but published a map showing its location
A herd of 30,000 Christmas turkeys is killed on a farm in East Anglia after an outbreak of bird flu.
The outbreak is the latest in a series of cases of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of bird flu reported in poultry flocks across the UK.
The new case was confirmed to have been found on Friday in turkeys raised on a farm near Snetterton, Norfolk.
The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) did not identify the farm in the middle of the eruption, but published a map showing its location.
Security personnel in jackets with high visibility guard a private track on the site that leads to what appears to be turkey protection in several tunnels over a field.
Last month, it was revealed that 10,500 turkeys were killed after an eruption at a manure site in Northallerton, North Yorkshire.
Defra announced on Friday that it is introducing new tough new measures to combat the disease among fears that it could affect the supply of Christmas turkeys.
The highly pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza was confirmed on Friday in turkeys raised on a farm near Snetterton, Norfolk. The Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) did not identify the farm in the middle of the outbreak, but published a map showing its location
Security guards keep visitors away from what is believed to be the site where turkeys are being killed near Snetterton, Norfolk, after a bird flu outbreak was confirmed by Defra
According to the measures, all poultry flocks, including free-ranging birds, must be kept indoors in England, Scotland and Wales from 14 December to keep them separate from potentially infectious wild birds.
The strict new lockdown-style measures, which have already been introduced in the Netherlands, even apply to people with chickens in pillows or garden pens.
Poultry farmers are urged to prepare for the new measures by building additional housing or independent networks.
A protection zone has been introduced around the Norfolk farm, which has introduced extra biosafety measures and limited the movement of poultry, eggs and meat within 3 km.
Health officials have also introduced a wider surveillance zone with minor restrictions extending to 10 km from the farm
A Defra spokesman confirmed that 30,000 turkeys on the Norfolk farm were being killed as a precautionary measure.
Turkey protects in Snetterton, Norfolk, believed to keep turkeys killed due to a bird flu outbreak
The spokesman said: ‘A veterinary examination is underway on this website to identify the probable source of infection and to determine how long the disease may have been present on the infected premises.
‘The strain of HPAI H5N8, which has been confirmed in several poultry sites in England, seems closely related to the virus currently circulating in wild birds and captives in Europe.’
The spokesman added: “Birdwatchers should be alert to signs of illness, report suspected illness immediately and ensure that they maintain good biosecurity on their premises.”
Public Health England (PHE) recommends that the risk to public health from bird flu is very low.
The Food Standards Agency recommends that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk to UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat. U