Bird flu outbreak confirmed at second Norfolk turkey farm

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A turkey farm near King’s Lynn has become Norfolk’s second confirmed case of bird flu within 24 hours.

Animal health officials have confirmed the highly-pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza in rearing turkeys at a premises between Gayton and East Winch.

Defra says all birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled to limit the spread of the disease.

It follows the case confirmed on Friday night at a farm near Attleborough which has already prompted the culling of up to 30,000 birds in the run-up to Christmas – a crucial time for East Anglia’s poultry industry.

A Defra spokesman said: “A veterinary investigation is on-going on this site to identify the likely source of infection and establish how long the disease may have been present on the infected premises.”

 

 

by Chris Hill

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