Backyard Birds Culled After Bird Flu Outbreak in Wales

WALES, UK - The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed Avian Influenza H5N8 in a backyard flock of chickens and ducks on a premises near Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire.
calendar icon 4 January 2017
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Prior to confirmation it was decided to cull the birds on strong suspicion of disease.

A 3 km Protection Zone and 10 km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, to limit the risk of the disease spreading and as part of the wider surveillance and disease control measures.

The announcement follows the confirmation of the same strain of the virus found in a wild duck in Llanelli on 22 December 2016.

The President of farming union NFU Cymru, Stephen James, said: “Poultry producers in Wales will understandably be concerned with this confirmed case of Avian Influenza in Carmarthenshire. NFU Cymru remains in close dialogue with Welsh Government on this issue and are keeping our members informed with the latest information.

“The prevention zone across all of Wales, which requires all keepers of poultry and other captive birds to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate, and protect them from wild birds, still remains in place, as does the temporary suspension on gatherings of poultry.

“NFU Cymru is reminding everyone who keeps poultry, no matter the size of the flock, to continue to practice good biosecurity, remain vigilant and report any suspected cases to their local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office.

“It is worth reminding people that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency has also made it clear that Avian Influenza does not pose a food safety risk for people.”

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