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Avian flu suspected in Suffolk
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Further investigations are being carried out to determine the nature of the virus detected and to establish the possible source of infection. (stock photo)
Defra announces control zone after H5N8 finding
 
Controls have been introduced at a premises near Redgrave in Suffolk following investigations into a suspected case of avian influenza.

The UK’s deputy chief veterinary officer announced an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone around the premises after laboratory analysis identified the presence of H5N8.

It has been decided to cull the remaining birds in the flock, which is estimated to contain approximately 23,000 birds. Further investigations are being carried out to determine the nature of the virus detected and to establish the possible source of infection.

The Temporary Control Zone consists of a 3km Zone A and 10km Zone B. It is equivalent to the 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone that would apply after a confirmed case of avian influenza.

Further details of the controls in place can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement-controls-and-licences

Defra has also updated its interactive map: http://www.gisdiseasemap.defra.gov.uk/intmaps/avian/map.jsp

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Mission Rabies 2017 off to a great start

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 More than 4,500 dogs have been vaccinated against rabies in one of the first major drives of 2017.

It took just two weeks in January for Mission Rabies to vaccinate 4,575 dogs in the Meru district of Tanzania.

The team set-up vaccination points across the district and followed-up with door-to-door work, checking vaccination cards and giving vaccines to any dogs that had been missed.

Overall, the charity reached 75 per cent of the local dog population, smashing last year's total and comfortably above the required 70 per cent.  

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US science association honours leading Pirbright scientist

A leading scientist at The Pirbright Institute has been honoured by the American Association for the Advancement of Science as a 2017-2018 AAAS Alan I. Leshner Leadership Institute Public Engagement Fellow.

Dr Anthony Wilson, group leader for integrative entomology at Pirbright, was chosen from a large number of international applicants, together with 14 other infectious disease researchers from around the world.

In selecting the new Public Engagement Fellows, the AAAS said they had demonstrated, "...leadership and excellence in their research careers and interest in promoting meaningful dialogue between science and society".