Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire farm bird flu restrictions lifted

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Image caption Tests have confirmed the outbreak as a "low severity" H7 strain of the disease

Bird flu restrictions have been lifted following an outbreak of the disease on a Hampshire farm.

Tests showed the outbreak was a "low severity" H7 strain at a commercial chicken breeding farm.

Government scientists said the most likely source of infection was indirect contact with infected wild birds.

Chief vet Nigel Gibbens said a "robust and thorough approach" enabled the restriction lifting "at the earliest possible point allowed by EU law."

Humanely culled

He said: "This outbreak and the recent case in Yorkshire should serve as a reminder for the poultry industry of the importance of maintaining strict biosecurity to minimise the risk of infection."

The birds at the chicken farm were humanely culled, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

The case of bird flu was confirmed in chickens, on 2 February.

All poultry-keeping farms within a 1km restriction zone around the infected premises were prevented from moving any animals.

These restrictions have been lifted 21 days after the completion of an initial cleaning and disinfection of the premises, which is the earliest point allowed under EU to end controls.

No further cases of bird flu have been identified.

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