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Avian flu alert for Powys

 
Created on 11/12/2016 @ 07:50
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A prevention zone to protect poultry and captive birds from a strain of avian flu has been declared in Wales, Powys County Council has confirmed.

Now the council’s Trading Standards Service are warning the county’s poultry farmers and captive bird owners to keep their birds indoors or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds for the next 30 days.

The Welsh Government has introduced the enhanced biosecurity requirements in order to protect poultry and captive birds from a strain of avian flu circulating in mainland Europe.  The prevention zone covers the whole of Wales and will be in place for 30 days.

Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe. No cases of H5N8 have been found in the UK and this order is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds. Similar orders have also been put in place in Scotland and England.

The Welsh Government is continuing to monitor the situation closely and has increased its surveillance activity, while keepers are being urged to reinforce biosecurity measures on their premises.

Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said: “The 30-day prevention zone has been declared to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds and to allow time for poultry and captive bird keepers to put appropriate biosecurity measures in place.

“Poultry keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.

“Even when birds are kept indoors, a small risk of infection remains so biosecurity should not be compromised. Clothing and equipment should be disinfected, the movement of poultry should be reduced and contact between poultry and wild birds should be minimised."

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