November 18, 2014 | Georgie

Around 6000 ducks will be culled today following a confirmed case of bird flu at a farm in East Yorkshire. Although it's sad I understand it's a necessary step to prevent the virus spreading further.

The flu bug identified is an H5 virus, but not the H5N1 strain which could seriously affect humans. The outbreak has been connected to the migration of swans for winter, with cases reported in the Netherlands and Germany.

Minimising the risk of spread means that hopefully the outbreak can be contained.


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The risk to humans is very small and people could only be infected through extremely close contact.


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