Bird flu same strain as in Europe

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Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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Experts have found the strain of bird flu that hit an East Yorkshire duck farm is the same as the one that has caused outbreaks across Europe.

They are warning that further cases could emerge over the next few days after identifying the H5N8 strain, which has also struck a chicken farm in the Netherlands as well as being seen in Germany.

Officials from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are carrying out investigations to establish how the virus reached the farm at Nafferton near Driffield, operated by the firm Cherry Valley.

They want to know whether the outbreak was brought in by wild birds that had been infected with the virus or caused by commercial transportation.

The virus has been described as highly pathogenic but officials from the Food Standards Agency stress that there is no food safety risk.

And Public Health England and the chief medical officer have also insisted the risk to public health is very low.

Work to cull around 6,000 ducks at the East Yorkshire breeding farm got under way yesterday.

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Published: Wednesday 19th November 2014 by The News Editor

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