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Bird flu outbreak being 'carefully monitored', says Holkham estate

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Officials of a leading West Norfolk estate say an outbreak of bird flu found on its land is being "carefully monitored".

Tests have confirmed that the strain of the virus found on the Holkham Estate at the weekend is a more contagious, and potentially more serious, form.

And a protection zone remains in place around the scene.

Testing continued at the site yesterday.
Testing continued at the site yesterday.

An estate spokesman said: “A case of bird flu has been identified at a residential address on the Holkham estate by a very small domesticated flock of housed foul.

“A 3km temporary control zone is now in place and the situation is being monitored carefully.”

An earlier update from the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, issued yesterday, said: "Further testing has confirmed that avian influenza in birds at a premises near Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk, Norfolk is a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).

The Holkham Estate in North-West Norfolk. (50659320)
The Holkham Estate in North-West Norfolk. (50659320)

"Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone around the premises."

Details of the case were first revealed in a Defra statement on Sunday.

Scientists say a highly pathogenic strain of the virus causes a contagious and severe illness for poultry. It can also affect wild birds, though effects vary depending on the specific strain and species affected.

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