UK Poultry Farmers Put on High Alert

Poultry farmers in the South Dorset area of the United Kingdom were put on high alert because of reported cases of bird flu.

A new avian influenza prevention zone has been applied to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds, in specific targeted areas of South Dorset.

Wild birds in the area have been confirmed with bird flu, posing a serious threat to commercial and domestic flocks of poultry.

In 2017, poultry farmers in Ireland were forced to restrict their flocks to prevent possible infection from contact with wild birds.

All bird keepers in the area must now follow detailed requirements on strict biosecurity. While they are still permitted to keep birds outside, they must meet the following conditions:

  • That the area has been made unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds and by removing wild bird food sources
  • Action has been taken to reduce any existing contamination, such as cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas and fencing off wet or boggy areas
  • Flock owners have assessed the risk of birds coming into contact with wild birds or contamination from them

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