Less severe H7 variety detected

The ‘low severity’ bird flu strain H7 has been found at a farm in Hampshire.

Three people have been tested following the outbreak. Work is under way to slaughter 10,000 chickens at the farm in Upham.

H7 is a much less serious form of bird flu than the H5N8 strain found at a Yorkshire duck farm, in November.

There are no links between the two cases, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

It said ‘robust action’ was being taken to prevent any spread of the disease.

A 1km (0.6 mile) poultry movement restriction zone has been imposed around the commercial chicken breeding farm, Defra said.

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