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Britain confirms bird flu on northern English farm is H5N8 strain

By Costas Pitas

Britain said on Tuesday that tests had confirmed an outbreak of bird flu on a duck farm in northern England was the H5N8 strain, the same as the form of the virus which has hit a Dutch chicken farm and a German turkey farm.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said a cull of 6,000 ducks on the farm in east Yorkshire was continuing and should be completed later on Tuesday.

“The advice from the Chief Medical Officer and Public Health England remains that the risk to public health is very low,” said a Defra spokeswoman.

“The Food Standards Agency have said there is no food safety risk for consumers.”

A 10-km restriction zone was placed around the farm after the outbreak was discovered.

The World Health Organisation has said other bird populations in Europe were likely to be infected with the virus and it was probable that there would be human cases.

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