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Amid coronavirus, UK official warns of bird flu risk: ‘Get prepared!’

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Amid the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss in the United Kingdom tweeted a warning about bird flu after a H5N8 strain was found at a turkey farm in northern England.

Middlemiss tweeted:“Get prepared ! The bird flu risk from wild birds is ramping up so we’re ramping up further our biosecurity requirements. Be SCRUPULOUS in your efforts please.”

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On Sunday the British government said the public health risk was very low, and the bird flu does not pose a food safety risk.

Middlemiss said in a statement to Reuters on Sunday: “Avian flu has been confirmed at a commercial turkey fattening farm near Northallerton, North Yorkshire.”

All 10,500 birds at the farm were set to be humanely culled to limit the flu’s spread.

Frank Miles is a reporter and editor covering geopolitics, military, crime, technology and sports for FoxNews.com. His email is [email protected]

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