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Over 100,000 birds culled at Scottish farms amid avian flu outbreak

In the midst of the worst avian influenza outbreak the UK has ever seen, more than 100,000 birds have been killed at three Scottish farms.

It follows the introduction of new regulations in England requiring the indoor confinement of all poultry and captive birds.

Asda has limited the quantity of eggs that consumers can purchase to two boxes until further notice after the outbreak interrupted supplies of some egg types to stores.

The latest development comes just a day after reports from Glasgow where 12 swans were found dead, amid fears of a bird flu outbreak at a park.

According to the National Farmers Union Scotland, over the past 10 days, 72,000 birds were “taken out” at two farms in Aberdeenshire.

Ayrshire farmer Billy Robb also revealed to BBC Scotland that he lost 32,000 hens in the previous week.

It takes the overall number of reports in Scotland to 104,000.

This week, at least 15 swans were discovered dead in a park in Glasgow that is considered to be the source of an outbreak of bird flu.

The Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs tested three of the birds that were evacuated from Hogganfield Park for the highly virulent virus.

Glasgow City Council announced that there were no intentions for a cull after the swans were found.

They did, however, note that because an island in the centre of the loch in the nature reserve was “inaccessible” at the time, more deaths were “probable.”

The local government’s spokeswoman stated: “Staff from DEFRA have visited the park to collect three swans to test for the disease, but in keeping with DEFRA’s guidance, we are assuming the birds have perished from avian flu.

“We regularly examine our parks, and we’ll try to get rid of any deceased birds as soon as we can.

“The general population is warned to stay away from any interaction with deceased birds or any birds that seem to be visibly ill. In case their dogs come upon a dead bird, dog owners are encouraged to keep their canines on a leash while in the park.

“If anyone sees a dead or sick bird in public places across the city, they should report this to our environmental health team through our website or by calling 0141 287 1059.”

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