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Interactive map shows the location of bird flu in Wales as new outbreak discovered on Anglesey

17 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Photo by Michael Czarick by UGA CAES Extension, licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

An updated interactive map has been published showing the location of bird flu across the nations of the UK, as a new outbreak has been discovered on Anglesey.

The Interim Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Gavin Watkins, confirmed the presence of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1 in poultry at a site in Anglesey last night.

This is the first confirmed case of avian influenza in Wales since 1st October 2022.

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the infected premises, to limit the risk of disease spread.

Within these zones, bird movements and gatherings are restricted and all holdings that keep birds must be declared. The measures are stricter in the 3km Protection Zone. FAn interactive map of avian influenza disease control zones currently in place across the UK can be found here.

Responsibilities of people who keep birds:

  • All keepers of kept birds should be vigilant for signs of the disease such as increased mortality, respiratory distress and drops in food or water intake, or egg production.
  • Consult your veterinary surgeon in the first instance if your birds are unwell.
  • If you or your vet suspect that avian influenza could be causing illness in your birds, you must, by law, report this to the Animal and Plant Health Agency. This will trigger a disease investigation by APHA vets.
  • You must apply strict biosecurity measures to prevent any materials, equipment, vehicles, clothing, feed or bedding that could have been contaminated from wild birds coming onto your premises. Full details and checklist are available here.

“It is vital keepers of birds remain vigilant and ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place,” the Welsh Government said.

“The UK health agencies advise that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the UK food standards agencies advise that avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.”

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The original mark
1 year ago

The problem is, avian flu is now endemic in the wild bird population, it doesn’t matter how many domestic or commercial flocks are destroyed, its another disease we will have to learn to live with.

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