Bird flu worsens
Some 63,000 birds on three Lancashire estates will have to be culled in an effort to prevent the further spread of the H5N8 avian flu, which claimed 11,000 hens last month. Defra has established 3km (1.8-mile) protection zones and 10km (six-mile) surveillance zones in the area.
Although there is little threat to public health and food safety, the Government instruction to keep poultry and other captive birds indoors to ensure separation from wild birds remains in place until the end of February. The news follows a number of other outbreaks of the virus last month, including at farms in Lincolnshire and North Yorkshire.
BASC has issued a reminder to be aware of the symptoms of the disease— a swollen head, discolouration of neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress, diarrhoea and fewer eggs laid and to heed advice contained within the Bird Flu and Gamebirds document endorsed by Defra. Visit https://basc.org. uk/blog/avian-flu/latest-guidancebird-flu-gamebirds to see it in full.
‘The overall message has to be to plan ahead and remain vigilant,’ says BASC’S Glynn Evans.
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