Bird flu outbreak at site in Up Holland

Bird flu outbreak at site in Up Holland

by Henry James (January 2022)

A BIRD flu outbreak has been confirmed at a non-commercial premises near Up Holland.

A spokesperson for the Animal and Plant Health Agency said all the birds would be “humanely culled.”

A 3km (1.8mile) Protection Zone and 10km (6 mile) Surveillance Zone has been put in place around the premises.

The UK has recently seen a large number of outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in birds across the country.

There are currently 66 cases of avian influenza H5N1 in England.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone - requiring all bird owners to keep their flocks indoors - was introduced in November to limit the spread of the disease.

These measures mean that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to keep them indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

At the start of this month the UK Health Security Agency confirmed a case of avian influenza in a person in the South West of England.

They said bird-to-human transmission of avian flu is, “very rare and has previously only occurred in a small number of times in the UK.”

They added: “The person acquired the infection from very close, regular contact with a large number of infected birds, which they kept in and around their home over a prolonged period of time.

“All contacts of the individual, including those who visited the premises, have been traced and there is no evidence of onward spread of the infection to anyone else. The individual is currently well and self-isolating.

“The risk to the wider public from avian flu continues to be very low. However, people should not touch sick or dead birds.”

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