Bird flu found in Dorset

Preventative measures against flu in Moscow

Tests have found the infected birds are carrying a form of the disease closely related to the H5N6 strain that has infected birds across Europe, however it is a different strain to the one which infected people in China previous year.

Farmers or anyone who keeps birds has been asked to remain vigilant and report any suspected outbreaks of the highly-contagious disease.

A Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) spokesman said: "We strongly recommend that all poultry keepers - including backyard keepers - review their biosecurity measures and business continuity plans now, as the risk level may well increase in the coming weeks".

Although there is no legislative requirement for restrictions to be put in place when this strain of the virus is found in wild birds, United Kingdom chief vet Nigel Gibbens has introduced local measures to help manage the potential threat.

Defra has now declared a prevention zone around the affected area, which is close to the village of Abbotsbury.

These include feeding birds indoors to prevent them mixing with wild birds, cleaning and disinfecting footwear and keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy.

The ministry said the current strain is different to that which affected people in China previous year.

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Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301.

The disease was detected in wild birds in Dorset.

Bird flu - does it affect humans?

More cases are expected to be discovered over the next few days.

Although it poses a "very low" risk to the public, according to Public Health England, the World Health Organisation says "human infection can not be excluded".

This can occur when humans touch dead or alive contaminated birds, their droppings or secretions from their eyes.

Last year, The World Health Organisation confirmed that 840 people had been infected by the H6N1 virus worldwide by May 2015 and 447 of the cases were fatal.

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