27,000 chickens to be culled after outbreak of avian flu

An outbreak of avian flu has been discovered at a chicken farm in Mid Suffolk resulting in the culling of 27,000 birds.

Public Health England confirmed today, Tuesday, December 10, that the disease had been identified at Athelington, near Eye, and a 1km restriction zone was in place around it.

PHE said all 27,000 birds will be humanely culled to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

The strain has been identified as Low Pathogenic Avian Flu (LPAI) which means the risk to public health is “very low”.

The Food Standards Agency said there is no food safety risk for UK customers as long as poultry products, including eggs, are thoroughly cooked.

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