Avian influenza outbreaks


Avian influenza outbreak in UK
Avian flu of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in turkeys at a farm in Lincolnshire. The advice from Public Health England is that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the UK Food Standards Agency has made clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for consumers. Thoroughly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

The full press release is available at www.gov.uk 

Outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) in Europe - ECDC Rapid Risk Assessment
ECDC has issued a Rapid Risk Assessment summarising the epidemiological, virological and environmental information relating to outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus subtype A(H5N8) in Europe up to 15 November 2016. It concludes that the risk of zoonotic transmission to the general public in EU/EEA countries is considered to be very low. 

For further information visit the ECDC website.