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A mixed flock of birds near Soham will be “humanely culled” after an outbreak of bird flu.

The announcement was made by the Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs.

A department spokesperson said: “Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on 11 October in a mixed flock of other captive birds at a premises near Soham, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire.

“A 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone has been put in place around the premises.

“All birds will be humanely culled.”

Details of the measures, which include housing of all poultry and captive birds and a ban on release of game birds, that apply in this zone can be found in the declaration (PDF).

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When avian influenza is confirmed or suspected in poultry or other captive birds, disease control zones are put in place around the infected premises to prevent the spread of the disease.

Within these zones a range of restrictions on the movement of poultry and material associated with their keeping can apply.

Blue indicates a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone has been put in place around the premises.

Check if you are in a zone on our interactive map.

Cases have recently been confirmed in Norfolk with sites at Holt, Mundford and Attleborough among those affected.

In Attleborough area alone, there have been eight confirmed cases.

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