Avian flu suspected in Suffolk
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