Avian Influenza update: Surveillance and Restricted Zones Lifted - Near Crickhowell

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Avian influenza was confirmed by the Chief Veterinary Officer at a premises near Crickhowell, Powys on 3 December 2021.

Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zone, the Surveillance Zone and the Restricted Zone have been revoked as of 10 January.

Local movement restrictions have now been removed, but the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) measures remain in place and surveillance activities continue in the area.  

Bird keepers are reminded that good biosecurity remains the most effective measure of disease control and it is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

Biosecurity - keeping your birds safe

Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to introduce higher biosecurity standards on your farm or small holding. It is in your interests to do so in order to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

Only 1g of infected faeces is required to cause one million birds to die, therefore keeping everything that is going in and out of the shed to a minimum and as clean as possible, is the only way to minimise the risk of AI.

Defra has put together some guidance on biosecurity and preventing disease in a Prevention Zone which has good biosecurity points worth following.

Keep a close watch on birds

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. In Wales, please contact 0300 303 8268, if you suspect avian influenza.

Members of the public who find dead or visibly sick wild birds are advised not to handle them but to report it to 03459 33 55 77. 

Last edited: 10:59 on 11 January 2022

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