UK Government Updates Guidance on Bird Flu Biosecurity

UK - Following the outbreak of H5N8 highly pathogenic avian influenza at a farm in Yorkshire last week, the agriculture department has updated its advice on biosecurity, particularly regarding contact with wild birds.
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It is essential that anyone keeping poultry is vigilant for any signs of disease and seeks prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.

Premises within the Protection and Surveillance zones are subject to specific requirements in relation to biosecurity.

Wild Birds: Specific Precautions

Wild birds are one possible source of the H5N8 avian flu outbreak in East Yorkshire. That is why we are advising poultry keepers to follow good practice to minimise contact with wild birds while the origin of the infection is being investigated.

This includes:

  • reducing the likelihood of contact with wild birds (and wild bird droppings) by making sure housing is bird proof
  • minimising contamination by wild birds of feed and water supplies
  • avoiding siting of housing near water
  • preventing accumulation of standing water
  • removing spilled feed that could attract wild birds
  • isolating new birds before they are placed with existing farm birds

Defra is also reminding poultry keepers to be particularly careful to provide clean drinking water and food, preferably indoors, to prevent possible contamination.

Further Reading

You can visit the Avian Flu page by clicking here.

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