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Bird Flu outbreak

By Clerk to Broughton Parish Council Broughton Parish Council

Tuesday, 19 January 2021


Broughton Parish Council Contributor


The latest outbreak in Leicestershire has shown that Bird flu is spreading across UK and close to Northamptonshire.

Avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed in poultry and captive birds at a premises near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on the 21 November 2020.

On the 23 November further testing confirmed this to be a high pathogenicity strain (HPAI H5N8).

Sadly all birds on the infected premises have been culled.

Bird Flu can survive in mud for over 100 days, new measures are needed to help curb Bird Flu risk. The initial October outbreak found in Kent was spread by wild birds.

Please check that fine netting is around poultry containment area, it is highly advised to prevent wild birds contaminating the area and or any other actions required to prevent contamination.

If there are any gaps in your poultry housing where wild birds could get in, please block them, cover with netting or enclosed in a totally netted enclosure.

It is strongly advised that any introduction of live poultry or new mixing of birds on site should cease during the Bird Flu outbreak period.

DEFRA is requesting that all keepers take all precautions to minimise risk of an outbreak in this area.

Common bird flu symptoms in chickens or ducks include:

• Edema in the comb and wattles.

• Purple discoloration / cyanosis of the wattles, combs, and legs.

• Diarrhea.

• Nasal discharge.

• Soft-shelled or misshapen eggs.

• Decreased egg production.

• Coughing and sneezing.

• Lack of coordination.

Bird flu is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry/captive birds or any breaches of containment you must report it immediately by calling the DEFRA Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.

To prevent bird diseases around your wild bird feeding table, sanitise and wash area often before refilling it.

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