Avian influenza: Case confirmed in Wales

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On 27 January 2021 the Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales confirmed the presence of H5N8 avian influenza near Amlwch, Anglesey in Wales. Further testing confirmed this to be a Highly Pathogenic strain. To reduce the risk of the transmission of avian influenza, Welsh Ministers have declared a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone around the infected premises. The 3km Protection Zone was lifted on 20 February 2021 and the area merged with the 10km Surveillance Zone. Following successful completion of disease control measures and surveillance the 10km Surveillance zone was lifted on 1 March 2021. Local movement restrictions have now been removed but the national Avian Influenza Prevention Zone measures remain in place. The latest updates on Avian Influenza in Wales can be found on the Welsh government website.

Biosecurity measures

There are some simple measures that all poultry keepers, whether they are running a large commercial farm, keeping a few hens in their back garden, or rearing game birds, should take to protect their birds against the threat of avian flu in the coming winter months. 

These include: 

  • Keeping the area where birds live clean and tidy, controlling rats and mice and regularly cleansing and disinfecting any hard surfaces; 
  • Cleaning footwear before and after visits;
  • Placing birds’ feed and water in fully enclosed areas that are protected from wild birds, and removing any spilled feed regularly; 
  • Putting fencing around outdoor areas where birds are allowed and limiting their access to ponds or areas visited by wild waterfowl;
  • Where possible, avoid keeping ducks and geese with other poultry species. 

Where can I get further information?

Available support

In these uncertain and often challenging times it is more important than ever to look after our own and others’ mental health.

If you or anyone you know are experiencing anxiety or stress then help and support is available nationally via the Farming Community Network (FCN)Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) and The DPJ Foundation websites.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund has also published a directory of local farm and rural support groups.

Last edited: 15:46 on 01 March 2021

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