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Avian Flu Case at Hampshire Farm

A case of bird flu has been confirmed in chickens at a farm in Hampshire, government scientists have said. Tests showed the outbreak as a “low severity” H7 strain of the disease, a much less serious form than the H5N8 strain found at a Yorkshire duck farm, in November.

Chief vet Nigel Gibbens said: “We have taken immediate action to contain this outbreak as part of our robust procedures for dealing swiftly with avian flu.”

An investigation into the possible sources of the outbreak is under way

“I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises,” Mr Gibbens added.

Ensure you are helping to prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on your premises at all times.

Safe4 Disinfectant Cleaner is DEFRA approved against Diseases of Poultry Order and the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals Order (Dilution of 1:10).

It is essential that anyone keeping poultry is vigilant for any signs of disease and seeks prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.

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