Yorkshire bird flu: Duck farm cordoned off as officials prepare mass slaughter

Yorkshire bird flu: Duck farm cordoned off as officials prepare mass slaughter
The health risk is low, officials have stressed (Picture: File)

A case of avian flu – commonly known as bird flu – has been detected on a duck breeding farm in Yorkshire.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said a cordon has been set up around the farm as officials prepare for a mass slaughter of all ducks.

A spokesperson explained: ‘We are taking immediate and robust action which includes introducing a 10km restriction zone and culling all poultry on the farm to prevent any potential spread of infection. A detailed investigation is ongoing.

‘We have a strong track record of controlling and eliminating previous outbreaks of avian flu in the UK.’

It added ‘the health risk is very low’.

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16 November 2014 | 11:36 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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