Government Confirms Bird Flu Found in Suffolk

A spokesperson for the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has confirmed that bird flu has been found at a farm in Suffolk.

The Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, said in a statement:

“Low Pathogenic Avian flu has been confirmed on a commercial chicken farm in Suffolk. Immediate steps have been taken to limit the risk of the disease spreading and 27,000 poultry at the farm will be culled.

Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.

We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this strain to control and eliminate it.”