AI Update - 06 December 2016

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Sent: 06 December 2016 17:53
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Subject: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) in Europe: Declaration of an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in Scotland

Dear Colleague

You may wish to note a Scottish Government press release issued this evening. 

At 17:00hrs on 6 December 2016 Scottish Ministers declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone covering the whole of Scotland, requiring that all poultry and captive birds must be kept indoors, or otherwise kept separate from wild birds.  Bird keepers must also apply heightened biosecurity measures where practical.  The full text of the declaration, including the list of requirements for bird keepers, can be found at howev,er, a copy of the declaration is attached for your information.  A risk assessment assessing the effect of housing on the risk from H5N8 has also been published.

The zone will be kept under review and will initially remain in place for 30 days. 

Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe. No cases of H5N8 have been found recently in the UK and this Prevention Zone is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection in captive birds and poultry from wild birds.

You may wish to pass this alert on to your members as appropriate.

Kind regards

Alastair Douglas

Alastair Douglas, Exotic Diseases branch, Animal Health and Welfare Division (P Spur)
Directorate for Agriculture Food and Rural Communities, Scottish Government
Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD
Tel +44(0)300 244 9803 Fax +44(0)300 244 9797