H5N1 Identified in the UK, Chicken and Turkeys to be Culled

All birds at a poultry unit in the UK are scheduled to be culled after a “highly pathogenic”  H5N1 strain of bird flu was identified.

On Sunday, avian influenza H5N1 was discovered in a unit in Alcester, Warwickshire, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Around the facilities, a 3km (1.8-mile) protective zone and a 10km (6-mile) observation zone have been established.

The health measures were made after avian flu cases were detected in Stratford-upon-Avon, where at least 12 swans have perished.

When avian influenza is proven or suspected in poultry or other captive animals, disease control zones are established to try to limit the spread of the illness.

The zones may impose limitations on the transfer of poultry and poultry-related materials.

A UK-wide bird flu prevention zone has also been established, which means that bird keepers must adhere to rigorous biosecurity procedures in order to safeguard their flocks.

In birds, symptoms of the illness include lower activity or vocalization, less feeding and drinking, and laying fewer eggs.

Parts of north Shropshire are also under control zone after avian flu was discovered in a small domestic flock of hens over the Welsh border at Chirk, Wrexham.

Shropshire Council advised anybody who suspects a bird has avian influenza to contact the Defra rural services helpline immediately.

A wild bird rescue center in Worcestershire was also suspected to have avian flu.

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