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Should we be worried about the UK’s first human case of H5 avian flu?

After the first human case of H5 avian flu was detected in the UK, Farmers Guide spoke to virologist Dr Phillip Gould about this rare species jump, and what farmers should be aware of as H5N1 cases escalate in UK birds.

First human case of H5 avian flu detected in the UK

Routine testing revealed very rare case of transmission to a human after close contact with infected birds.

Avian flu cases continue into new year

New cases of H5N1 have been confirmed in Lincolnshire, Cumbria and Berkshire so far this month, as well as a number of new confirmed cases over Christmas and New Year.

‘Take urgent action or risk losing flocks to avian flu’ – chief vet

The UK is facing its most significant avian influenza risk to date.

Further cases of avian flu reported

Defra has confirmed more cases of highly pathogenic H5N1 in Lincolnshire and South Derbyshire, as well as new outbreaks elsewhere in the UK.

UK poultry farms battling “largest ever” avian flu outbreak

Chief vet “very concerned” as around half a million birds culled and the number of premises infected with H5N1 rises to more than 40.

Covid-19: Travel quarantine exemption for seasonal poultry workers

The NFU has been working with the government and industry to find a solution to concerns that migrant seasonal poultry workers would face travel restrictions this year because of Covid-19.

Avian flu detected at premises in Lancashire

H5N1 has been confirmed at two new premises – near Poulton le Flyde, Wyre and near Clitheroe, Ribble Valley.

Isle of Anglesey hit by avian flu

Welsh chief veterinary officer says the case is “further evidence of the need for all keepers of birds to ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place”.

Avian flu: UK-wide housing measures to be introduced

Amid a growing number of confirmed avian flu cases, all UK bird keepers will be required to keep birds indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures.

Five new avian flu cases confirmed across England

Bird keepers in parts of North Yorkshire are now required to keep birds indoors.

New avian flu cases in Dorset

Testing is underway to determine the pathogenicity of avian influenza H5N1, confirmed in commercial poultry.

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