Disease control zones have been put in place after another case of bird flu was confirmed in Wales.
Wales Chief Veterinarian Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of H5N1 avian influenza in a small flock of chickens and ducks at a facility on the island of Anglesey.
It comes just weeks after cases were confirmed at a Wrexham property and two cases at a Ceredigion nature reserve. There have been similar findings of bird flu in the UK and Europe – you can get more details here.
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In the latter case, a temporary control zone of 3 km and 10 km was imposed around the small infected premises, in order to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
The Welsh government says the public health risk from the virus is considered “very low” and does not pose a risk to the food safety of UK consumers.
On Wednesday this week, the chief veterinarians of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland agreed to put in place new housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from the Avian Flu. These measures come into force on Monday, November 29.
All caretakers are strongly advised to be vigilant for signs of illness such as increased mortality or respiratory distress. If keepers have concerns about the health of their birds, they are encouraged to seek advice from their veterinarian promptly.
Wales Chief Veterinarian Christianne Glossop said: “This confirmation of a case of avian influenza in poultry on the Isle of Anglesey is further evidence of the need for all bird keepers to ensure they have the highest levels of biosecurity in the area.
“We have announced that new housing measures will come into effect from next Monday to protect poultry and farmed birds, but I must stress that they are most effective when combined with implementation strictest biosecurity measures.
“Public Health Wales has stated that the risk to public health from bird flu is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made it clear that it does not pose a risk to the food safety of UK consumers.
“Temporary control zones have been imposed to help prevent the spread of the disease.
“Any suspicion of bird flu or any other notifiable disease should be immediately reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency. “
Members of the public are encouraged not to pick up or touch sick or dead birds and instead contact the Defra helpline at 03459 33 55 77.
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