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27 February 2017

AI H5N8 update: 4 January 2017


Dear Free Ranger
AI H5N8 update: 4 January 2017
The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales yesterday confirmed Avian Influenza H5N8 in a back yard flock of chickens and ducks on premises in Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire. Prior to confirmation it was decided to cull the birds on strong suspicion of disease.  

• A 3 kilometre Protection Zone and 10 kilometre Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Details on the restricted zones can be found at http://gov.wales/topics/environmentcountryside/ahw/disease/avianflu/?lang=enand


• This is the same strain of the virus identified in a wild duck in Llanelli on 22 December, a turkey farm in Lincolnshire on 16th December and cases in wild, captive or domestic birds in many European countries, the Middle East and North Africa.

• It is extremely important that producers practice the very highest levels of biosecurity. Even when birds are housed, there remains a risk of infection so you should ensure every effort is made to prevent contact with wild birds. The movement of poultry should be minimized, and clothing and equipment should always be disinfected.

• Ministers are expected to decide on extending the current housing order on Thursday 5th January. We have proposed a 14 day extension to the housing order from Friday. This outbreak may lead Ministers to extend for another 30 days. We will text you the decision as soon as it is made public, hopefully by Thursday evening.

Information on AI contingency planning is available at the BFREPA website at http://www.bfrepa.co.uk/images/CMS/AI%20Workbook%20FINAL%20lo-res_1912126548.pdf and advice about managing housed birds can be found on the Ranger website at http://www.theranger.co.uk/News/Managing-your-flock-during-the-housing-order_26263.html

Robert Gooch, CEO
British Free Range Egg Producers Association
Tel 07771 887311


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