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POULTRY producers in Scotland are being urged to be vigilant after a case of low pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza was reported in chickens on a broiler-breeder farm near Dunfermline in Fife. The Scottish Government reported on January 11 that initial tests had identified ‘a very mild strain’ of the H5N1 virus, and that further tests were being carried out to confirm the precise details of the disease.
Sheila Voas, Scotland's Chief Veterinary Officer, said: ‘All the evidence so far suggests we are dealing with a very mild form of H5N1 avian influenza, which is not the same …
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