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Avian flu risk level ‘high’ following confirmed cases

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A highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 avian influenza has been confirmed at a broiler breeder farm in Cheshire.

All 13,500 birds at the farm, which produces hatching eggs, were humanely culled.

Defra confirmed on 4 November that the strain was related to the virus currently circulating in Europe.

Meanwhile, a 3 km protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone around the infected site near the town of Frodsham have been put in place to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

UK chief vet Christine Middlemiss said: ‘We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread …

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