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Wales confirms bird flu case, will cull infected poultry

Staff Writer |
Wales will cull a flock of chicken and ducks after it found the H5N8 bird flu strain in the poultry in a village backyard in Carmarthenshire, the Welsh chief veterinary officer Christianne Glossop said.

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Several European countries and Israel have found cases of the contagious strain in the past few weeks and some have ordered poultry flocks be kept indoors to prevent the disease spreading.

A 3 km (1.86 mile) protection zone and a 10 km surveillance zone have been put in place around the infected premises in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.

"This case serves to remind us all of the risk of infection. The Prevention Zone and temporary suspension on gathering of poultry remain in place," Wales Chief Veterinary Officer Christianne Glossop said in a statement.


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