Government bans poultry shows across the UK

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Livestock fairs, auctions and bird shows that involve poultry have been banned across the UK after the outbreak of bird flu at a farm near Louth.

The temporary ban has been put in place across, England, Scotland and Wales after thousands of birds died from the disease at the farm in Tetney.

The ban on gatherings applies to birds at higher risk of avian flu including chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese, and restricts events such as livestock fairs, auctions and bird shows.

It is part of what officials say are the Government's robust measures to tackle the disease and reduce the risk of the virus spreading.

People are also required to keep all poultry and captive birds housed or otherwise separated from contact with wild birds.

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