Published: 04 May 2017 | Last Updated: 18 May 2017 22:08:38

There have been two further cases of Avian Flu confirmed in Lancashire. Both have been in smallholdings. There are currently plans to relax Avian Influenza restrictions across the UK. This is currently under review but, at the present time, no changes have been announced pending a full review of the current risks.

The details are slightly different in each part of the UK and our understanding of the situation is as follows: The details are slightly different in each part of the UK and our understanding of the situation is as follows:

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Scotland

The Prevention Zone in Scotland was lifted on 30 April 2017. There is no longer any need to keep birds housed or to have special measures in place if birds are kept outside.

The ban on gatherings and shows of poultry in Scotland and other birds will also end on 15 May.

Further information: Avian Influenza (Scotland)

Wales

The Prevention Zone in Wales was lifted on 30 April 2017. There is no longer any need to keep birds housed or to have special measures in place if birds are kept outside.

The ban on gatherings and shows of poultry in Wales will remain in place until further notice.

Further information: Avian Flu (Wales)

Northern Ireland

The Prevention Zone in Northern Ireland remains in place and is currently extended until 31 May 2017. Poultry and birds may be kept outside but the need for additional biosecurity requirements remain in place. These include keeping domestic birds away from wild birds, possibly by the use of netting and ensuring domestic birds are fed and watered inside, where wild birds cannot gain access. Other measures include ensuring very high levels of hygiene and cleanliness and not allowing visitors or movements of birds between sites.

Gatherings and shows of birds will also remain in place until further notice.

Further information: Avian Influenza (Northern Ireland)

England

The Prevention Zone will come to an end on 15 May. There will no longer be any need to keep birds housed or to have special measures in place if birds are kept outside from that date.

The ban on gatherings of birds and shows will also come to an end of 15 May.

Further information: Avian Flu measures to be relaxed... (England)

On Going Caution

The easing of restrictions across much of the UK has been done following thorough risk assessments of the current situation by the relevant authorities; most notably the reduced risk from migratory birds. However, there is never any room for complacency with infectious diseases. Avian Influenza remains a notifiable disease and everyone is reminded to report any suspicious signs. It is always good practice to maintain high levels of hygiene and biosecurity with your birds!

Where wild birds, especially small groups of wild birds are found dead they should be reported to APHA or the relevant veterinary authority for investigation.

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