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Thursday 8th December 2016.
Alice Mitchell - ThePoultrySite Editor

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British Poultry Must Move Indoors as Bird Flu Precaution

Poultry disease prevention zones have been put in place across England, Scotland and Wales, requiring birds to be kept indoors for 30 days.

The Chief Veterinary Officers declared the zones yesterday following outbreaks of a highly pathogenic avian influenza strain, called H5N8, which has been spreading all over Europe and beyond over the past few weeks.

Outbreaks have been found in nearby countries such as France and the Netherlands, but also as far afield as Russia, Iran and India. The disease is thought to be spreading via migrating waterfowl, and the virus type was only discovered in Russia just over two months ago.

No cases have been found in the UK yet, but the zones have been put in place as a precautionary measure. Poultry keepers who cannot keep their birds indoors have been urged to take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. The housing order will remain in place for 30 days.

England's Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said: "Even when birds are housed a risk of infection remains so this must be coupled with good biosecurity - for example disinfecting clothing and equipment, reducing poultry movement and minimising contact between poultry and wild birds."

Signs of the disease that poultry keepers can look out for include a swollen head, discolouration of neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress, diarrhoea and fewer eggs laid.

Housing birds is more of an issue for free range producers, but they will retain the ability to market their eggs as free range for the duration of the order – click here to read more.

Israel and Hungary are the latest countries to report outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza on farms, with Hungary reporting over 20 farms affected.

Hungary has reported 24 outbreaks in total in its most recent report, mainly in its southern central Bacs-Kiskun region. Most of the affected farms were duck and goose farms, although some were backyard operations. Over 10,000 birds died and another 38,000 birds had to be destroyed to prevent the disease spreading – read more.

 


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