Avian Influenza Update

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Today, 25 November, the CVO Wales confirmed the presence of avian influenza H5N1 at a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks near Gaerwen, on the Isle of Anglesey. Further test results are expected which will confirm pathogenicity.

Temporary disease control zones of 3km and 10km have been imposed around the premises at 22:30 today to limit the risk of disease spread.

A Welsh Government press notice has been issued this evening and can be found here.

The risk to public health from the virus is considered to be very low and on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

Bird keepers are strongly advised to remain vigilant for signs of disease and report suspicion immediately to APHA for investigation.

Keepers are also once again reminded about the importance of good biosecurity and the requirement to house birds which will come into effect on 29 November.

Updated biosecurity guidance has been published along with a biosecurity self-assessment which bird keepers can follow, to help keep their birds free of disease. 

Last edited: 10:02 on 26 November 2021

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