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Bird flu in Suffolk

13th November 2007

6,500 birds are being culled following the discovery of bird flu in turkeys on Sunday at Redgrave Farm near Diss, in Suffolk.

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The government has said that birds on four more sites will also be culled as a "precautionary measure."

The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed that the birds are infected with the H5N1 strain. A protection area of 3km and a 10km surveillance area have been put in place around the farm.

Officials said around 10% of birds had died in the night. All the birds kept on the farms - around 6,500 in total - will be culled.

A Defra spokeswoman said they were now attempting to establish the movements of people and birds into and out of the site. In Bury St Edmunds, Defra has set up a national and local disease control base in order to communicate with bird keepers.

Bird movement and contact with wild birds is being monitored and restricted inside the designated zones.

Acting chief vet Fred Landeg said Defra was keeping an "open mind" regarding how bird flu infected the site, but that it could be connected with recent outbreaks in the Czech Republic and Germany.

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