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Poultry farmers urged to be vigilant after avian flu found in Lincolnshire

Poultry farmers in Northern Ireland have been urged to be vigilant after avian flu was discovered in Lincolnshire.

Stormont's chief vet Robert Huey said it had implications for the whole of the UK. It is the same strain that has been circulating in Europe.

Mr Huey said: "Since we became aware of the early indications of the disease in Lincolnshire, late yesterday afternoon, departmental staff have been in direct contact with key poultry industry representatives and stakeholders in Northern Ireland to advise them of the situation and to emphasise the need for increased vigilance.

"While the situation is being kept under review, I would encourage bird keepers, as a precaution, to revisit and where necessary improve their own biosecurity."

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