Tests yesterday evening indicated that the avian influenza virus
was present in samples taken from a chicken parent-breeder farm
near Dereham in Norfolk.
The preliminary test results show that it is likely to be the
H7 strain of avian influenza, and not H5N1. Further confirmatory
tests are in progress. H7 is a disease of wild birds and whilst
it poses a threat to other avian species it is not a public health
risk to humans.
The British poultry industry is taking all necessary measures
and it is key to remember that this is a disease of birds and not
a human health risk. Neither is it a food safety issue, and cooked
poultry and poultry meat products are safe to eat.
As a precautionary measure birds on the premises will be slaughtered
on suspicion of an avian notifiable disease. Restrictions have
been placed on the farm and its associated sites.
The British Poultry Council is working closely with DEFRA and
other agencies and stakeholders.
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