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Restrictions On Bird Gatherings Eased

UK - The ban on bird gatherings imposed as a precautionary measure following the outbreak of avian influenza in Suffolk it to be lifted.
calendar icon 23 November 2007
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"The risks of holding bird gatherings have been considered in light of emerging information about the Suffolk outbreak."

Charles Milne, Chief Veterinary Officer for the Scottish Government.

From Friday bird gatherings involving poultry and other captive birds can take place, subject to general licence conditions. These conditions state that no birds will be brought to a bird gathering in Scotland from the Restricted Zone in Suffolk and Norfolk.

Charles Milne, Chief Veterinary Officer for the Scottish Government, said:

"The ban on bird gatherings was implemented as a precautionary measure. The risks of holding bird gatherings have been considered in light of emerging information about the Suffolk outbreak.

"The easing of restrictions introduced as of 00.01 hours on Friday is a timely relaxation, proportionate to the assessment of risk."

Avian influenza is a notifiable disease of birds and is characterised by:

  • Respiratory distress, dullness, swollen heads, a blue colouration of the comb and wattles, lack of appetite, diarrhoea and significant drop in egg production
  • The disease presents suddenly, often with very high mortality, however there can be considerable variation in the clinical picture and severity of the disease
  • Anybody suspecting disease must report this immediately to Animal Health by contacting their local Animal Health Office
Bird gatherings are allowed to take place under a general licence