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An outbreak of bird flu has been confirmed at a farm in western Norfolk.

Restrictions are now in place around the site, which officials have described as being near Wells, after cases were confirmed last night.

The exact location of the outbreak has not been disclosed.

Testing confirmed an outbreak of bird flu yesterday.
Testing confirmed an outbreak of bird flu yesterday.

An update issued by the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said: "Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain.

"3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around the premises."

The site is one of 13 in England where cases of the H5N1 virus have been confirmed in recent weeks.

This map shows the restriction zones around the site of the confirmed bird flu outbreak. Picture: DEFRA (53218164)
This map shows the restriction zones around the site of the confirmed bird flu outbreak. Picture: DEFRA (53218164)

A nationwide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is currently in force, requiring flock owners to follow a range of biosecurity measures.

Tighter restrictions, requiring owners to keep their birds indoors, have also been put in place in parts of North Yorkshire.



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