I’m emailing to inform you that, following confirmation from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Avian Influenza (bird flu) has been identified in the wild bird population in Rutland.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone currently applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. Anyone who keeps poultry or birds must adhere to strict biosecurity requirements, whether they have commercial flocks or just a few birds in a garden flock.
The prevention zone means bird keepers across the country must:
Further information about Defra’s biosecurity requirements can be found on the GOV.UK website.
If anyone suspects disease in their flock or finds dead wild birds such as wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, they must report this to Defra.
You can contact Defra’s helpline by calling: 03459 33 55 77
Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from avian influenza is very low.
As a precaution, people should avoid contact with sick, dying or dead poultry or wild birds, avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with bird faeces and avoid untreated feathers.
Further updates on avian influenza in England can be found online at: www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2017-to-2018
You can assist in promoting awareness of Avian Flu and the above Prevention Zone measures by adding this information to your website and including it in newsletters.
Posters provided by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) can be downloaded via the link below. Printed copies will be sent to all Parish Councils via internal mail this week.
Mat Waik | Strategic Communications Advisor
Rutland County Council, Catmose, Oakham, Rutland. LE15 6HP
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