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‘This is just another outbreak’ – reaction from bird flu village where poultry is second nature

Bird flu outbreak at Redgrave. Redgrave Community Shop volunteer David Maycock.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Bird flu outbreak at Redgrave. Redgrave Community Shop volunteer David Maycock. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2017

The village at the centre of East Anglia’s bird flu outbreak is surrounded by poultry businesses, and its inhabitants are no strangers to the disease threats to the industry, having witnessed a similar outbreak in 2007.

David Maycock, 67, from Fen Street, is a volunteer shopkeeper at the Redgrave Community Shop.

He said: “We are quite used to it around here. We are surrounded by poultry factories and just before Christmas most people around here knew the birds all had to be kept indoors because of the risk of bird flu.

“It is part of the fabric of the village. You will see quite a lot of houses where people are selling eggs at the roadside. Everyone is into chickens or poultry, and most winters there is some incident or another.

“This is just another outbreak. We have had it before, at the other end of the village a few years ago.

“No-one here is worried about their health, because they know this doesn’t affect people.

“I don’t want to dismiss it. I am not saying we are not interested, but we are just used to it. It is a big blow for the farm but I would imagine there will have been contingency plans. They will have insurance and plans in place – they would have been prepared for it.

“I have had a couple of people in the village in the shop this morning asking about it.”

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