Has bird flu already spread? Government fears 15,000 eggs distributed from stricken farm may also need to be destroyed as 6,000 of its ducks are culled today

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
By Paul Martin

EXCLUSIVE: Defra testing 15,000-egg shipment from East Yorkshire farm
Eggs were sent two weeks ago to hatchery in Lincolnshire, 50 miles away
They will have to be destroyed if they test positive for the virus
It comes as 6,000 ducks slaughtered at farm run by supplier Cherry Valley
Firm has 33 sites and sells ready meals to Tesco, Lidl, Aldi and M&S
Top vet: ‘Everybody in the UK that owns birds should be on lockdown’
Officials think it may be H5N8 strain found in Germany and Netherlands
‘It could be carried by wild swans still flying around with no symptoms’
But unlike the H5N1 strain it poses no risk to humans – only birds

By Dan Bloom
18 November 2014

The government is considering whether to destroy up to 15,000 eggs which left a bird flu-stricken farm in Yorkshire almost two weeks ago, MailOnline can reveal.

The revelation by Cherry Valley, Britain’s duck supplier which sells ready meals to Tesco, M&S, Lidl and Aldi, draws a second site into the bird flu crisis at its breeding farm in Nafferton, East Yorkshire – the UK’s first for six years.

Gas canisters arrived on the Nafferton farm this morning as Defra chiefs prepared to cull all 6,000 of its white Pekin ducks.

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