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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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Newborn okapi named after Meghan Markle

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 An endangered okapi recently born at London Zoo has been named Meghan - after Prince Harry’s fiancé Meghan Markle - in celebration of the upcoming royal wedding. Okapis are classed as endangered in the wild, having suffered ongoing declines since 1995. Zookeeper Gemma Metcalf said: “We’re very pleased with how mother and baby are doing. Oni is being very attentive, making sure she regularly licks her clean and keeping a watchful eye over Meghan as she sleeps.” Image © ZSL London Zoo  

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Ten new cases of Alabama rot confirmed

Anderson Moores Veterinary Specialists has confirmed 10 new cases of Alabama rot, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the UK to 122.

In a Facebook post, the referral centre said the cases were from County Durham, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Staffordshire, Sussex, West Somerset, Devon, and Powys.

Pet owners are urged to remain vigilant and seek advice from their vet if their dog develops unexplained skin lesions/sores.