Bird flu discovered at Shropshire site

Bird flu has been discovered at a premises near Wem.

Bird flu discovered at Shropshire site

The outbreak is the first in Shropshire and all owners of birds, whether commercial flocks, backyard chickens or aviary birds are being reminded that they must be kept inside.

A notice from the Animal and Plant Health Agency said: "Highly pathogenic avian Influenza has been located at a premises near Wem. Please remain vigilant for signs of ill health and ensure measures are in place to prevent wild bird contact with domestic birds."

"All birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled."

A three-kilometre protection zone and a 10-kilometre surveillance zone have been put in place around the premises.

There are fears that this winter could see the worse outbreak of avian flu on record in Britain.

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