Avian in­fluenza preven­tion zone is to be ex­tended

The Oban Times - - News -

THE avian in­fluenza preven­tion zone an­nounced on De­cem­ber 6, is to be ex­tended un­til Fe­bru­ary 28, the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has con­firmed.

The preven­tion zone ap­plies to all poul­try and captive birds in Scot­land, and re­quires keep­ers to con­tinue to have their birds in­doors or take ap­pro­pri­ate prac­ti­cal steps to keep them sep­a­rate from wild birds.

There is also a GB-wide ban on poul­try shows and sim­i­lar gath­er­ings.

All bird keep­ers must also take ex­tra steps to en­sure good biose­cu­rity on their premises and min­imise the risk of in­fec­tion and fur­ther spread of Avian In­fluenza.

Ex­tra steps in­clude: mak­ing sure birds’ feed and wa­ter can’t be ac­cessed by wild birds; avoid- ing trans­fer of con­tam­i­na­tion be­tween premises by cleansing and dis­in­fect­ing equip­ment, ve­hi­cles and footwear; re­duc­ing the move­ment of peo­ple, ve­hi­cles or equip­ment to and from ar­eas where poul­try or captive birds are kept; im­ple­ment­ing ef­fec­tive ver­min con­trol around build­ings where poul­try or captive birds are kept; pro­vid­ing wash fa­cil­i­ties or dips con­tain­ing ap­proved dis­in­fec­tant (at the right con­cen­tra­tion) at key points such as farm en­trances and en­trances to bird houses.

There was a fan­tas­tic start to the new year on Mull with a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works dis­play at Tober­mory, as cap­tured in this great pho­to­graph by AJ MacLeod.

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