Disease control zones declared after bird blu outbreak at poultry farm

A bird flu outbreak has led to disease control zones being declared in several towns in the UK.

Some of the towns affected include Preston, South Ribble, Wyre and Fylde, after an outbreak was confirmed in the area, and comes after another outbreak in Warwickshire earlier this week.

Cases of Avian Influenza (bird flu) have been confirmed at a farm in Salwick, which lies on the edge of Preston.

In response, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has said all birds on the infected farm will be culled, LancashireLive reports.

As well as this, a temporary disease control zone will be implemented, covering massive parts of the Wyre, Fylde, Preston, and South Ribble areas.

This came into force at 8.30pm last night (12 November) and stretches over 10km in every direction from the farm.

The smaller 3km 'Zone A' is in place around the farm, and includes Swillbrook, Woodplumpton, Lea Town, Salwick, and Treales, whereas the wider 10km 'Zone B' reaches Bamber Bridge, Lytham, Catterall, and Much Hoole.

Cases of Avian Influenza were confirmed on Friday after vets were called to the farm.

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In a signed-off statement, Exotic Disease Policy Advisor Gordon Hickman said: "The Secretary of State has considered the findings of veterinary inquiries at a premises near Salwick, Fylde where avian influenza is suspected. "The Chief Veterinary Officer suspects the presence of H5N1 avian influenza.

"To reduce the risk of the transmission of avian influenza, the Secretary of State declares as a Temporary Control Zone the areas around these premises [see map below]. These measures apply from 8.30pm on Friday, November 12, 2021 until this Declaration is withdrawn or amended by further declaration."

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The measures are expected to impact all farms and businesses within the marked area where either poultry or other captive birds are kept.

The occupier of any premises in the zone must make records of any person visiting the premises, the date of visit, and whether or not the person has had any contact with poultry or captive birds.

As well as keeping records, captive birds and poultry must be kept isolated or be housed by the owner.

If they are not housed or isolated, the owner must ensure they have no contact with poultry or other captive birds on the premises, as well as taking all reasonable steps to minimise their contact with wild birds.

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