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20 December 2016

Reminder to protect flocks from Avian-Influenza / Bird Flu

Poultry keepers are reminded of the need to protect their flocks in light of the recent confirmed case of Avian Influenza in Lincolnshire.

To reduce the risk of the transmission of bird flu, the Secretary of State accordingly declares the whole of England to be an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone and the following measures apply within the zone.

Colin Cox, Director of Public Health at Cumbria County Council, said:

“These precautions are important both to protect poultry flocks and for public health, as they reduce the risk of the avian influenza virus changing into one that can infect people as well as birds.”

Any person in charge of poultry and captive birds must take all appropriate and practicable steps to ensure that:

  • poultry are housed or otherwise kept separate from wild birds;
  • other captive birds are kept separate from wild birds;
  • poultry and other captive birds are provided with feed and water which is not accessible to wild birds;
  • any person who comes into contact with poultry and other captive birds must take all reasonable precautions to avoid the transfer of contamination between premises, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear;
  • steps are taken to reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas;
  • where poultry or captive birds are kept to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products;
  • steps are taken to implement effective vermin control programmes, including preventing the entry of wild birds, around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept;
  • housing and equipment is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of a production cycle;
  • disinfectant at the right concentration is kept at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry housing or enclosures.

For further information, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

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Poultry keepers are reminded of the need to protect their flocks in light of the recent confirmed case of Avian Influenza in Lincolnshire.