According to a recent news, all 27,000 chickens on Suffolk farms will be extinguished after confirming bird flu cases. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said stated that many birds were found to have the H5 avian influenza virus. It has established in a 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) exclusion zone around the farms near to the sight to limit the risk of disease transmission.
Dr. Gavin Dabrera from British Public Health said the risks of this flu to the public health are very low. The Food Standards Agency says confirmed that, there is no food safety risk as long as poultry products, including eggs, are cooked thoroughly. The strain at Athelington Commercial Farm has been identified as “low pathogenic avian influenza” (LPAI). Dr. Darbrella also stated that avian influenza (commonly known as bird flu) is primarily a disease among birds, and the risk to public health is very low. Dr. Darbrella is a public health adviser to the United Kingdom Department of Public Health. He further added that, as a precautionary measure, they would provide public health advice and antiviral drugs to people in contact with infected birds in accordance with standard practices. Suffolk poultry owner Mr. Alistaire Brice, who does farming near the restricted region, said the outbreak of bird flu was a concern for the poultry farmers, and not the general public. He also added that, it’s difficult at this period of the year. He pointed out that in the last year it was fairly easy for them to manage the bird risks than this year.
Miss. Christine Middlemiss, Chief Veterinary Officer said that bird keepers should be vigilant for any signs of illness, report suspected illnesses immediately, and ensure that their premises maintain good biological safety. They are urgently looking for evidence of any disease transmission associated with this strain to control and eliminate it. In 2017, after the detection of the H5N8 avian influenza virus, about 23,000 chickens were slaughtered at Redgrave’s Bridge farm on the Suffolk / Norfolk border in February. In June at a farm near Diss, the same strain was found in 35 chickens and geese. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) is the most severe type of disease and can cause fatal harm to birds. Defra said that LPAI is usually less severe, but causes minor breathing problems in poultry.