The measures include requiring all poultry keepers in England to observe strict biosecurity measures. Housing is also required in higher risk areas.
This development came on the heels of a new outbreak reported in a small flock of chickens at a farm in Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
“Effective disease control will always be our priority. H5N8 continues to circulate in wild birds and we must all continue to do everything we can to reduce the risk of disease. All keepers across the country must follow strict mandatory disease prevention measures,” Gibbens said.
“Based on clear scientific evidence, the risk from wild birds is too high in some areas of England to rely on biosecurity measures alone. That’s why we are requiring birds in higher risk areas to be housed or protected from wild bird contact by netting.”
As the prevention zone expires on February 28, the new measures shall be adopted by poultry owners. This would give them the option to let the birds outside while still taking reasonable precautions against avian flu. The ban on poultry gatherings will still be in effect.