Tens of thousands of turkeys will be culled at a Norfolk farm (Picture: Getty)
At least 30,000 turkeys are set to be culled at an East Anglia farm following another UK outbreak of bird flu.
The highly-pathogenic H5N8 strain of avian influenza was detected in turkeys being reared at a farm near Snetterton, Norfolk, on Friday.
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has not identified the farm but published a map pinpointing its location. It confirmed the birds will be humanly culled as a precaution.
Security staff in high visibility jackets were today standing guard on a private track at the spot leading to what appeared to be polytunnel-style turkey shelters across a field.
A spokesperson said: ‘A veterinary investigation is on-going on this site to identify the likely source of infection and establish how long the disease may have been present on the infected premises.
‘The strain of HPAI H5N8 which has been confirmed in several poultry premises in England appears closely related to the virus currently circulating in wild and captive birds in Europe.’
The outbreak is the latest in a string of cases of the disease, after it was confirmed more than 10,000 turkeys would be culled at a farm in North Yorkshire after avian flu was detected there on November 28.
Defra previously said it did not expect there to be any impact on the supplies of turkeys or other birds in the run-up to Christmas.
Defra unveiled strict new rules to combat the disease in birds this week (Picture: Getty)
But on Friday it announced tough new measures to combat the disease amid the fears.
Under the measures, all poultry flocks including free range birds will have to be kept indoors in England, Scotland and Wales from December 14 to keep them separate from potentially infectious wild birds.
It is the latest in a series of bird flu scares in the UK, with the threat from the virus raised from ‘low’ to ‘medium’ and then to ‘high’ in the country in weeks.
In early November, it was announced that nearly 500 birds in Kent would be slaughtered after a H5N2 outbreak.
The next day, the government confirmed a further 13,500 animals would be killed in Cheshire after H5N8 was detected. That same week, a third outbreak, of the same strain, was detected among chicken in Herefordshire.
On November 28, the same day the outbreak was confirmed in North Yorkshire, it was reported that a spate of UK swan deaths were being linked to similar avian flu outbreaks across Europe.
Small outbreaks of H5N8 were found in geese and swans in Gloucestershire, Devon and Dorset, according to the Daily Telegraph.
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