More than 10,000 turkeys to be culled after avian flu outbreak

More than 10,000 turkeys will be culled at a premises in North Yorkshire after avian flu was confirmed there, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

A statement said: “Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain was confirmed at a turkey fattening premises near Northallerton on Saturday November 28.

“All 10,500 birds at the farm will be humanely culled to limit the spread of the disease. A 3km and 10km temporary control zone has been put in place around the infected site to limit the risk of the disease spreading.”

The statement said there is not anticipated to be any impact on the supplies of turkeys or other birds over Christmas.

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