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Bird flu detected on farms in Britain, the Netherlands

Days after the bird flu was detected at a farm in the Netherlands, health officials are reportedly combating bird flu found in ducks on a British farm, The New York Times reports.

Earlier this month, German farms also showed cases of bird flu. The German and Dutch outbreaks both involve the H5N8 strain, which is contagious in birds, but has not been found in humans, Reuters reports. British authorities are still determining the strain found there, but said it is not H5N1, which has killed 400 people since 2003.

The Netherlands will slaughter all 150,000 chickens on the farm south of Amsterdam. In Britain, the East Yorkshire duck farm will follow suit with its 6,000 ducks.

The risk to public health is low, experts say.