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Avian flu confirmed at Suffolk farm
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A 3KM Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone are now in place around the infected premises.
Protection and surveillance zones now in place

The UK’s deputy chief veterinary officer has confirmed H5N8 avian influenza at a poultry farm near Redgrave in Suffolk.

The announcement comes after an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone was put in place around the farm following tests which confirmed the presence of H5N8.

Further investigations into the nature of the virus have now confirmed that it is the same highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 that has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK since December 2016.

A 3KM Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone are now in place around the infected premises to reduce the possibility of the disease spreading.

The premises is thought to contain some 23,000 birds. Many have already died and the remaining birds will be humanely culled. A full investigation is now underway to determine the source of the infection.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is minimal and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

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

An interactive map can also be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement-controls-and-licences

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Giraffe Conservation Foundation named BVNA’s charity of the year

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 BVNA president Wendy Nevins has named The Giraffe Conservation Foundation as the association’s charity of the year for 2017/2018.

The Giraffe Conservation Foundation dedicates its work to a sustainable future for wild giraffe populations. Wendy Nevins said: ‘I have chosen the Giraffe Conservation Foundation for the BVNA Charity of the Year because I have always thought Giraffes were magnificent animals.

‘I also think it is important that we look at the wider issue of conservation and education across all species.’  

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Scientists win award for openness in animal research

UK scientists have won an award for the 360ş Laboratory Animal Tours project, which offered the public an online, interactive tour of four research facilities that are usually restricted access.

The project won a public engagement award at the Understanding Animal Research (UAR) Openness Awards, which recognise UK research facilities for transparency on their use of animals in research, as well as innovation in communicating with the public.

The tour was created by the Pirbright Institute, the University of Oxford, the University of Bristol and MRC Harwell Institute.