Bird Flu Prevention Zone Declared Across UK

Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland, and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole UK after detecting numerous cases.

As of 5 pm, local time on 3 November 2021 all bird keepers in Great Britain are required to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their livestock and prevent the disease from spreading. 

“Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to introduce higher biosecurity standards on your farm or smallholding. It is in your interest to do so in order to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) added that even backyard owners are also encouraged to observe protocols. 

Bird Flu or Avian influenza naturally occurs with migratory wild birds and can be spread to domestic poultry and other captive birds such as pets. 

The risk of bird-to-human transmission from infected poultry is rare,  however consuming infected poultry is not advised. 

“The UK health agencies have confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and UK food standards agencies advise that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers,” added the chief veterinary officers.

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