Bird flu outbreak sees UK government impose control zone around theme park

The Government has imposed a control zone around a theme park after a strain of bird flu was detected.

According to the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), the virus was found among birds and poultry in a town in Leicestershire.

A map showing the exclusion zones presents Twinlakes Park at its dead centre.

However, the exact location of the outbreak has not been confirmed although a map suggests where it has been detected.  

DEFRA said it was the H5N8 strain of bird flu that had been found, reports Leicestershire Live.

A three kilometre and and ten kilometre Temporary Control Zone has been put in place around Twin Lakes, which is currently shut during lockdown.

The measures put in place restrict animal movements and visits within the zone.

Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said: “Avian influenza has been confirmed in a small number of poultry and captive birds at a site near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.

"All of the birds at risk of having been infected will now be humanely culled and we have put a temporary control zone in place around the premises to prevent the spread of the disease.

“Following a number of confirmed cases in the UK there is currently an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in place across the country to ensure that we can eradicate the disease as quickly as possible.

“Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining strong biosecurity measures on their premises.”

The whole premises is under restriction and poultry and mammals are not allowed to be moved from the site.

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An NHS spokesman said: "No humans have been infected with H5N1, H7N9, H5N6 or H5N8 bird flu in the UK – this includes the type of H5N6 virus recently found in humans in China.

"Plans are in place to manage any suspected cases.

"H5N8 bird flu has been found in some wild birds and poultry in the UK.

"H5N6 has also been found in some wild birds in the UK but is a different strain to that seen in China."

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