At least 30,000 turkeys to be cold in farm after bird flu outbreak



After a bird flu outbreak, a flock of 30,000 turkeys will be cold in Norfolk.

Officials have not named the farm at the center of the outbreak of avian influenza H5N8 strain, but security staff in yellow jackets are today seen guarding a facility near Snetterton.

The Department of Environmental Food and Rural Affairs (DeFra) has published a map offering its location – with biosecurity measures in the surrounding 3 km.

DeFra said the birds would be killed “as humanly as possible”, and said the slaughter was being carried out as a “precaution”.

Security staff in high-visibility jackets guard a private track on the spot that led to the Politunnel-style Turkey shelters across a field.



Defra has released a map showing the location of the farm

Around the Norfolk farm was set a protection zone, imposing extra biosecurity measures and restricting the movement of poultry, eggs and meat at 3 km.

A Defra spokesperson confirmed that 30,000 turkeys on the Norfolk farm are in the process of being human cold as a precaution.

The spokesman said: “A veterinary investigation is going on at the site to identify the possible source of infection and determine how long the disease could have been present at the infected premises.



Security guard at a facility near Snetterton, where the latest outbreak is believed to have been identified



Around 30,000 turkeys are set to be hunted as a “precaution” (file image)

“The strain of HPI H5N8 that has been confirmed in some poultry premises in England is closely linked to the virus that is now circulating in wild and captive birds in Europe.”

The spokesman added: “Bird watchers need to stay alert for any signs of illness, immediately report suspected illness and ensure that they maintain good biosecurity in their premises.

The outbreak is the latest in a string of cases of the highly pathogenic strain to be reported in poultry flocks across the UK.



Defra said the latest outbreak has spread to a farm in Norfolk

Last month it was revealed that 10,500 turkeys were cold after an outbreak at a fattening premises in Northhallerton, North Yorkshire.

Defra announced on Friday that she will introduce drastic new measures to combat the disease with fears that she could hit the supply of Christmas turkeys.

By the measures, all poultry flocks, including free range birds, must be kept indoors in England, Scotland and Wales by December 14 to keep them apart from potentially infectious wild birds.

The strictly new lockdown-style measures, which have been introduced in the Netherlands, even apply to people with hens in coops or garden pens.

The poultry keepers are urged to prepare for the new measures by erecting additional housing or self-contained network areas.

Around the Norfolk farm was set a protection zone, imposing extra biosecurity measures and restricting the movement of poultry, eggs and meat at 3 km.

Health officials have also imposed a broader surveillance zone with fewer restrictions stretching up to 10 km from the farm




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