Low pathogenic avian flu found on Hampshire poultry farm

Low pathogenic avian flu found on Hampshire poultry farm

Defra has confirmed this evening that low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) has been detected on a broiler breeder farm in Hampshire.

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BPC chief executive, Andrew Large: “Swift action is being taken to control the outbreak…”

A 1km restriction zone has been put in place around the infected premises and the poultry on the farm will be culled. Animal and Plant Health Agency investigations are ongoing into the source of the disease.

Andrew Large, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, said: “Swift action is being taken to control the outbreak and we are monitoring the situation closely. Avian influenza is a disease of birds and Public Health England have stated that the risk to public health is very low, whilst the Food Standards Agency state that there is no food safety risk for consumers”.

Poultry farmers are urged to maintain high vigilance and bio-security.

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