Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

UK: Britain announces poultry cull after new suspected avian influenza outbreak

21 November, 2007

A further 68,000 birds are being slaughtered on a fifth poultry farm in Suffolk in a bid to control the outbreak of avian influenza in the region. Defra officials say the latest cull - more than double the other five combined - is precautionary and falls within the existing surveillance zone. The move comes amid fears that workers at the farm have travelled to other farms that are deemed a avian influenza risk. More than 28,600 turkeys, ducks and geese have already been slaughtered. A spokeswoman at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the latest farm is owned by the same company that operates Redgrave Park Farm near Diss, on the Norfolk-Suffolk border, where the virus was first detected earlier this month. The sixth cull will include 56,000 ducks, 9,000 turkeys and 3,000 geese. Avian influenza has been confirmed at both the original site of the outbreak and one other nearby site owned by the same company.