UK identifies two new clusters of bird flu

The UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency has confirmed two new outbreaks of avian influenza as of 22 November.
calendar icon 23 November 2020
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UK animal health authorities have identified one cluster of H5N8 bird flu in captive birds near Stroud in Gloucestershire. The birds are at a non-poultry premises and the government has instituted a temporary 3km and 10km control zone in response.

A second outbreak was confirmed in poultry and captive birds near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. A similar 3km and 10km exclusion zone is operating in the area.

APHA reminds bird keepers that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in GB (whether they are pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to follow strict biosecurity measures. Use the biosecurity guidance and self-assessment checklist to help enhance and maintain robust biosecurity measures and reduce the risk of incursion of avian influenza into their birds.

See the UK’s biosecurity resources here.

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