Redgrave bird flu restrictions lifted

Officials working on the farm at the time of the bird flu outbreak at Redgrave.

Officials working on the farm at the time of the bird flu outbreak at Redgrave. - Credit: Archant

Bird flu restrictions have been lifted from around a poultry farm near Redgrave, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said.

Officials at the site of the first bird flu outbreak at Redgrave.

Officials at the site of the first bird flu outbreak at Redgrave. - Credit: Archant

The UK's Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer confirmed the highly pathogenic strain of H5N8 avian flu, which came across to the UK from continental Europe last year, at the breeding broilers unit back in February.

As a result, 23,000 birds at the unit were culled, and a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Vets carrying out follow-up investigations identified the virus at a nearby duck unit earlier this month and a cull of 55,000 birds carried out.

The poultry industry remains on high alert, and certain restrictions remain in 'Higher Risk Areas' to try to avoid the spread of disease from wild birds, meaning 'free range' birds either have to be housed, or protected by netting.

A spokesperson for the Animal and Plant Health Agency said: 'Where avian influenza has been confirmed, we put restrictions around the site. As of March 20, the 10km surveillance zone in Suffolk has been lifted.


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'Prevention zone controls continue to apply across England, requiring poultry keepers to take a variety of actions to protect their birds from disease spread by wild birds.'

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