An outbreak of avian flu has been confirmed at a Yorkshire duck breeding farm, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said.

A case of H5 avian flue was confirmed at the farm on Sunday night and immediate action has been taken to control the outbreak including introducing a 10km restriction zone and a complete cull of all 6,000 birds on the farm to prevent any potential spread of infection.

Defra has said that the risk to public health was very low, and has ruled out the H5N1 strain that is infectious for humans.

Investigators are now looking into whether the outbreak in the Driffield area of East Yorkshire was linked to recent cases of avian flu in Germany and the Netherlands.

In response to the outbreak of a more infectious strain of the virus in the Netherlands, the Dutch government ahs temporarily banned the transport of eggs and poultry in the country.

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  1. Hi,
    “Bird flu outbreak confirmed at Yorkshire duck breeding farm”. A number of Dutch institutes are using the virus of subtype H5N1 for military research. Who ever has worked in a lab know things leak.