All 10,500 turkeys will be culled at a farm in North Yorkshire after bird flu was confirmed at the site. The H5N8 strain of avian influenza was found at a turkey fattening premises near Northallerton on Saturday.

Source: BBC News

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The birds will be humanely culled to stop the disease spreading, the Department for Rural Affairs (Defra) said, as it investigates the source.

Risk to public health from the virus is very low, Public Health England (PHE) added.

A temporary control zone of 3km (1.86 m) and 10km (6.21 m) is in place around the infected site.

Defra’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, said: “We are urgently looking for any evidence of disease spread associated with this farm to control and eliminate it.

“Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

The disease can spread to poultry and other captive birds when wild birds migrate from mainland Europe during winter, Defra added.

Routine health advice is being offered to those working on the farm.

Dr Gavin Dabrera, consultant in Acute Respiratory Infections at PHE, said the World Health Organisation has never confirmed any cases of H5N8 in humans to date.