Bird flu wors­ens

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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 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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