As an update to the current situation of Avian Influenza in the UK and Europe, here is a link to the latest Outbreak Update (19th January 2017) from colleagues in APHA’s International Disease Monitoring team.
• The total number of domestic incursions of HPAI H5N8 in GB is 4.
• Further findings in wild birds have been reported across GB: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/avian-influenza-in-wild-birds-winter-2016-to-2017
• The UK’s risk level is unlikely to reduce for several weeks yet.
We continue to monitor the situation closely and stand ready to respond to any suspicion of disease in Scotland.
Bird keepers and members of the public should remain vigilant for signs of disease in domestic or wild birds. Keepers who are concerned about the health or welfare of their flock should seek veterinary advice immediately.
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone remains in force. Guidance on biosecurity and preventing disease in poultry and captive birds within a Prevention Zone has been published to help support keepers in complying with the measures. Housing birds is a precautionary step that can reduce the likelihood of infection, but it is absolutely vital that keepers take further steps to improve their biosecurity to protect their birds from disease.