BREAKING: Bird flu outbreak on UK farm
Published:  03 February, 2015

Government vets have confirmed an outbreak of low-pathogen bird flu on a UK poultry farm.

Defra officials have confirmed the outbreak as the "low severity" H7 strain of the disease at a farm in Hampshire, and said robust action was being taken to control its spread.

A one kilometre restriction zone has been imposed and chickens on the farm were now being culled.

Chief vet Nigel Gibbens said: "We have taken immediate action to contain this outbreak as part of our robust procedures for dealing swiftly with avian flu.

"I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises."

Investigations into the cause of the outbreak were continuing.