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Bird flu in Cornwall spreading as cases confirmed in poultry in new area near Camborne and Redruth

Bird flu in Cornwall spreading as cases confirmed in poultry in new area near Camborne and Redruth

Bird flu has been confirmed to spread across Cornwall. Cases have now been confirmed in poultry in a new area beyond the earlier outbreaks reported in recent weeks.

The government agency monitoring the situation, the Animal and Plant Health Authority (APHA), has confirmed the details on its website. It said in its latest update that the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus was confirmed yesterday (Aug. 29) at a property near Constantine, Camborne and Redruth.

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All poultry on the property would be humanely culled, it said. In addition, a 3 km (1.8 mi) conservation zone and a 10 km (6 mi) surveillance zone have been established around the site.

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The full APHA statement says: “Highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on August 29 at a property near Constantine, Camborne and Redruth, Cornwall. Surrounding the property is a 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone the property will be evicted in a humane manner.”

This news follows outbreaks in western Cornwall, including at Mousehole Wild Bird Hospital, which led to a population culling, and the Isles of Scilly. Numerous dead birds have been found. Dog owners have also been warned about the carcasses, as the disease can be caught and spread by pets.

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The latest confirmation comes as Paignton Zoo in Devon is also dealing with the disease after a dead pelican was found on Sunday. The zoo has been closed since the bird was found.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu virus is highly contagious among birds and is spread through close contact with an infected bird, whether dead or alive. The Ministry of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs website said the virus is “primarily an avian disease and the risk to public health is very low”.

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