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High risk areas of the north-west hit by latest bird flu measures

A new localised AIPZ will be put in place in targeted areas of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside due to ‘heightened risk’.

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Two Lancashire backyard flocks hit by bird flu in two days #birdflu

Confirmation of the disease in the nine chickens and ducks near Thornton, Wyre came only two days after a flock of 30 chickens was wiped out in the same area.

A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone has been put in place and a full investigation is underway.

Any birds not already dead will be culled.

 

 

Officials have not yet confirmed whether the two sites are connected.

 

The outbreaks came less than a week after Defra chief vet Nigel Gibbens had his ‘fingers crossed’ after the announcement to relax bird flu measures on May 15.

 

He warned twitter followers the industry was ‘still at risk’ and ‘biosecurity remains imperative’.

Update... Localised measures in place for Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

Update... Localised measures in place for Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

Plans to lift the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will continue as planned on May 15, apart from in ‘targeted areas’ of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside due to what Defra have branded a ‘heightened risk’.

 

Defra chief vet Nigel Gibbens confirmed the recent outbreak in Wyre, Lancashire was strong to suggest risk of bird flu remained in circulation in wild resident birds or present in the environment.

 

A new and more targeted AIPZ will be introduced to replace the England-wide AIPZ lifted next week in the below areas:

  • Barrow-in-Furness
  • South Lakeland
  • Lancaster
  • Blackpool
  • Wyre
  • Fylde
  • Preston
  • Sefton
  • West Lancashire
  • South Ribble
  • Chorley

 

Keepers in the affected areas have been urged to continue to practise existing mandatory disease prevention measures, including minimising movement in and out of enclosures, cleaning footwear, ensuring the cleanliness of the environment and feeding birds indoors.

 

Poultry gatherings also remain banned until further notice.

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