Protection zone declared in Warwickshire after bird flu outbreak confirmed

A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone have been declared in Warwickshire after an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu.

The protection measures will require anyone who keeps poultry in these areas to isolate the birds and strictly record the name and address of anyone who visits them.

It follows a prevention zone being declared across whole of the UK last week to prevent the virus from spreading among poultry.

The H5N1 subtype of flu is considered to by highly pathogenic and a fast-mutating strain, making it challenging to immunise people against.

Outbreaks in East Asia have in some cases led to the deaths of millions of birds, although to date fewer than 175 people are known to have died from the virus.

The measures in the 10km surveillance zone don’t require people to isolate their poultry, but they must also keep detailed records of their movements and visitors.

Any movement of poultry or eggs out of the surveillance zone needs to be licensed by a veterinary inspector.

More than 10,000 turkeys were culled at a farm in North Yorkshire ahead of Christmas last year due to an outbreak of a different strain there, H5N8.

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