Avian influenza, or avian flu, is a disease caused by an infection with avian influenza Type A viruses.

These viruses can occur naturally among wild birds in the whole world and can definitely infect domestic poultry and other animal species. These viruses do not normally infect people, but we have all been witnesses to avian flu infections among humans.

In existence, there are 4 types of avian influenza viruses: A, B, C, and D.

The natural reservoir for these viruses is wild birds, among which: ducks, geese, swans, gulls, terns, and others.

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has confirmed in a statement that Avian Influenza viruses have been detected in 17 wild birds in Dorset.

This is the first confirmed finding of these viruses in the UK this winter. Test have shown that this strain of the virus is closely related to the H5H6 that has been confirmed to circulate among wild birds in Europe.

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