KING Charles has paid a visit to the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s Weybridge headquarters to thank staff who are tackling the biggest ever outbreak of avian influenza that the UK has faced.

The King met with scientists and staff to learn more about how avian influenza has affected the UK, with a record 332 cases across the country since October 2021.

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Chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said: “Today’s visit really is about recognising the last 18 months of remarkable work and the APHA staff who have worked day in and day out to help control and manage the spread of avian influenza.

“The scale of avian influenza outbreaks across the UK and Europe has been unprecedented and our response has been underpinned by the world-leading science and disease control work carried out at Weybridge.”