Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

UK: Avian Influenza suspected at second farm

15 November, 2007

Turkeys on a farm close to the avian influenza outbreak in Suffolk are being slaughtered on suspicion of having the disease, Defra said today.
The 5,500 free-range turkeys at Grove Farm in Botesdale, Suffolk, were among birds on four farms due to be culled as a precautionary measure after Defra assessed they had “dangerous contact” with the initial case of the H5N1 strain of the virus. But the cull has since become one of “slaughter on suspicion” after animal health officials turning up to kill the birds found 30 dead turkeys. The premises is within the 3km protection zone set up around Redgrave Park Farm after turkeys there were found to have the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of the disease earlier this week.