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    Friday, 9 December 2016

    Scotland Declares Precautionary Poultry Restrictions Following Avian Flu Concerns


    Following multiple reports of avian influenza in regions of mainland Europe, Scotland has taken the precautionary step of declaring a 30-day prevention zone in order to reduce the likelihood of occurrences of the disease in Scottish poultry farms. Similar measures have been put in place in England, the BBC reports.

    The prevention zone legally requires all bird-keepers in Scotland to “take all practicable steps to ensure that poultry and other captive birds [are] kept separate from wild birds”, which basically equates to keeping them housed where possible. This applies not only to poultry farmers, but also to “hobby farmers” with a relatively small number of hens.

    There is however, by no means reason to panic just yet; as stated above, the prevention zone is only a precautionary measure, as rural affairs secretary Fergus Ewing told the BBC:

    "We have declared a 30-day prevention zone as a precautionary measure to protect Scotland's valuable poultry industry, particularly in the weeks before Christmas.

    "It is important to stress that there has been no cases of this strain detected in the UK.

    "The Scottish government and its partners continue to monitor the situation in Europe closely and stand ready to respond to any suspicion of disease in Scotland."

    Chief veterinary officer Sheila Voas was keen to stress that, "The risk of an HPAI incursion into poultry in the UK remains at 'low, but heightened', although for wild birds the risk has been raised to 'medium'.”

    Voas continued to say that, while the presence of avian flu in wild bird populations is nothing unusual at this time of year, the strain discovered in Europe is a concern due to its “particularly virulent” nature.


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