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Bird flu detected on Swedish farm

Staff Writer |
H5N8 bird flu has been detected on a chicken farm near Nykoping, Sweden.

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The country’s agriculture board announced details of the discovery on Tuesday, after restrictions on bird farms were lifted earlier this month.

During the spate of H5N8 outbreaks last year and earlier in 2017, there was one other case reported on a Swedish farm (in December), and several cases recorded in wild birds.

Swedish authorities have set up a three kilometre safety zone around the farm and are banning visits to the premises. chickens at the infected farm will be culled to contain the outbreak, the agriculture department said.

The outbreak comes just two weeks after UK authorities eased the final set of tight restrictions placed on farms at the height of the recent spate of outbreaks in Europe.

As of 13th April, poultry keepers in England can let their birds out wherever they are, with no need for netting or housing.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) announced that veterinary and scientific advisors have concluded that the level of risk to poultry in the Higher Risk Areas of the country (by estuaries and areas with large waterfowl populations) is now the same as for birds in other regions.

A ban on poultry gatherings remains in place across the UK. This applies to birds including chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese, and restricts events such as livestock fairs, auctions and bird shows.

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