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Nationwide bird flu Prevention Zone declared after outbreaks


By Ewan Malcolm

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AN Avian Influenza (bird flu) Prevention Zone has been declared across the whole of Great Britain after multiple outbreaks across the country.

There is currently only one confrimed outbreak in Scotland but keepers nationwide have been told to stay vigilant.
There is currently only one confrimed outbreak in Scotland but keepers nationwide have been told to stay vigilant.

Restrictions were introduced yesterday, November 3 at 5pm for all bird keepers across the nation including those who keep pet birds.

Any keepers in Moray with more than 500 birds will need to restrict access for non-essential personnel on their sites. They will also need to ensure workers change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and disinfect vehicles regularly to limit the risk of spreading the disease.

Backyard owners with smaller numbers of poultry have also been encouraged to take steps to limit the risk of disease spreading to their animals.

There is currently only one confirmed case in Scotland. Bird flu was confirmed to have infected a flock of captive birds at a premises in the Angus constituency. The location has since been placed under restriction and a 10 kilometre Temporary Control Zone has been set up.

Cases have also been confirmed in England and Wales.

More information on prevention advice can be found here.


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