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Bird flu outbreak is deadly strain

Bird Flu Update
An outbreak of bird flu on a Suffolk farm is the deadly H5N1 form of the virus, Defra confirmed today, while the government warned that the disease may have already spread.

Fred Landeg, the acting chief veterinary officer, confirmed the strain at Redgrave Park farm in Suffolk, which is potentially dangerous to humans and has swept across Asia, Europe and Africa since 2003.

Landeg said the source of the virus was yet to be determined, but confirmed it was closely related to that found in outbreaks seen this summer in the Czech Republic and Germany.

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