Prevention zone for avian influenza announced

28 Nov 2020

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By Josh Loeb

An avian influenza prevention zone has been declared across the whole of England to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading, the UK’s chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss confirmed on 11 November.

The UK government has also been working with the Scottish and Welsh governments to enable the zone to in effect cover the whole of the island of Great Britain in due course.

The move means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.

Keepers with more than 500 birds must restrict access for non-essential people on their sites, workers need to change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures, and site vehicles will need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Backyard owners with smaller numbers of poultry including chickens, ducks and geese have also been urged to strengthen their biosecurity measures in order to prevent further outbreaks of...