What is avian influenza (bird flu)?

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK. A number of measures are in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

The Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for UK consumers. Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low.

Where avian influenza has been confirmed, the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has put restrictions in place to limit the spread of disease, and investigate the source of the infection.

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