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Nov 17, 2014 4:51 AM

British, Dutch fighting bird flu in poultry

The Associated Press

LONDON (AP) British officials say the risk to public health is very low after bird flu was discovered on a duck breeding farm in northern England.

Officials said Monday they are investigating a case of the H5 virus, but said it's not the more dangerous H5N1 strain. Poultry on the farm in the Driffield area of East Yorkshire will be killed and a restriction zone will be set up to prevent further spread of the infection.

The government food agency says there is no risk to the food chain, and British Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens says the risk of the disease spreading is probably quite low.

The Dutch government has also banned the transport of poultry and eggs throughout the Netherlands after finding bird flu at a chicken farm.


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