Second out-break of Avian flu found in flock near Thornton

Avian flu was discovered in a small-holding near Thornton
Avian flu was discovered in a small-holding near Thornton

A second case of Avian flu has been confirmed in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks near Thornton says The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer.

It is understood that the flock contained nine birds, a number of which have since died and the rest will be humanely culled.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

In a statement DEFRA said: "The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks near Thornton, Wyre, Lancashire.

"A 3 km Protection Zone and a 10 km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. We have published full details of the controls in place."

This case follows the culling of around 30 birds at a small chicken farm in Thornton after bird flu was detected last week.