Outbreak of bird flu confirmed in Scotland


Scotland has reported highly pathogenic avian influenza in herds of free-range chickens near Gretna, Dumfriesshire, Dumfries and Galloway. This has led the government to impose restrictions on commercial facilities where influenza has been detected.

In a statement on December 3, the Scottish Government said the birds remaining on the premises would be “humanely screened” to limit the spread of the disease.

A 3 km (1.85 mile) protected zone and a 10 km (6.2 mile) surveillance zone were also declared around the infected facility on 4 December to limit the movement of used poultry, carcasses and eggs. The poultry litter and fertilizer mentioned.

Rural Secretary Mairi Gougeon said the detection of bird flu in birds was expected given the recent confirmation of the disease in wild and captive birds throughout the United Kingdom.

“We require the general public to be vigilant and report the discovery of dead wild birds to Defra’s national telephone helpline. Do not touch or pick up dead or sick birds found. Please, “said Gujeong.

Scotland’s chief veterinarian, Sheila Voas, quoted public health advice, saying that the risk to human health for bird flu is “very low,” affecting the consumption of poultry products, including eggs. Said not to give.

“Every bird breeder, be it a large company or a small breeder with a few birds, has complete biosecurity to protect the birds from disease and prevent contact between birds and wild birds. We have already made it clear that we need to make sure it is working. Breeders who are concerned about the health and welfare of the herd should immediately seek veterinary advice, “Voas said.

Scotland had previously implemented new housing measures that would legally require all bird breeders to keep their birds indoors and comply with the strict biosecurity measures that came into force on November 29.

This was after a surge in confirmed cases across the UK, and the government believed that wild birds carrying bird flu could move from Europe to the UK during the winter.

A total of 28 cases of bird flu have been detected in the United Kingdom as of December 5, with recent cases reported at birds near Thirsk in Hambleton, North Yorkshire and at facilities near Newent in the Dean Forest, Gloucestershire. ..

The government also continued to provide bird zookeepers with special precautions, such as regular cleaning and disinfection of equipment, clothing and vehicles on and off the site, and restricted access to visitors to keep the herd safe. I requested that you take action.

Aldograph Redley