Anyone who keeps poultry and captive birds is required to keep their birds indoors or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds for the next 30 days.
The Government’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Nigel Gibbens, has declared a ‘Prevention Zone’ in England to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu circulating in mainland Europe. Declarations have also been made by the Scottish and Welsh Governments.
Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries in Europe. No cases have been identified in the UK, but the Prevention Zone has been declared to prevent potential infection.
In addition to keeping birds indoors, keepers are also advised to maintain good ‘biosecurity’ by disinfecting clothing and equipment, reducing poultry movement and minimising contact between poultry and wild birds.
Keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns.
Public Health England (PHE) advises the threat to human health remains very low.
For more advice visit www.gov.uk or speak to a member of our Environmental Health team on 01883 722000