27,000 ducks culled in Tyrone over bird flu concerns

27,000 ducks have been culled at a commercial duck premises in Co Tyrone over a suspected outbreak of bird flu.

Northern Ireland’s Chief Veterinary Officer Robert Huey said a suspect case of Avian flu was reported to the Department on Tuesday and following confirmed cases in Monaghan the cull was initiated at the farm in Aughnacloy as a precautionary measure in a bid to limit the spread of any potential disease.

Dr Huey says this is a worrying development and that he is extremely concerned about the serious risk of spread of the bird flu.

He is warning flock keepers to urgently take steps to protect their birds.

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