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Yorkshire farm confirms bird flu case

17 November 2014

A duck breeding farm in Yorkshire has a confirmed case of bird flu, the first in the UK since 2008.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has said that the risk to public health is very low. The exact strain hasn't been confirmed but Defra have ruled out H5N1, which is deadly to humans. Around 6,000 birds will be culled and a six mile exclusion zone has been put in place.

It comes after Sunday's news of an outbreak of a highly contagious strain of bird flu in a poultry farm in the Netherlands. The Dutch government has imposed a three day national ban on the transport of poulty and eggs.

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