A strain of low pathogenic bird flu H5N2 has been identified on a poultry farm in Kent, England. Some 480 birds will be humanely culled and a 1km restricted zone has been placed around the infected farm.

It adds to fears of bird flu spreading after it was identified last week on the continent in a number of wild birds.

There will be no impact on food supply

“Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

"There will be no impact on food supply, as this business does not supply poultry meat or eggs to the commercial food chain,” Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said.

Bird keepers are reminded to be vigilant for signs of bird flu in their own flocks.

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