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New measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu

Wednesday 7 December 2016

DEFRA News: 6th December 2016

New measures to protect poultry against Avian Flu

Precautionary measures have been announced by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) which applies to all bird keepers, from poultry farmers to families with a few chickens. This is as a result of a H5N8 bird flu strain which has been found in poultry and wild birds in France, Sweden and other nations.

Keepers of chickens, turkeys and ducks are being required to keep them indoors for 30 days or take steps to separate them from wild birds.

Poultry keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. Keepers can help prevent avian flu by following the advice from DEFRA and maintaining good healthcare and management of their flock - for more information and to keep up to date with the latest developments please visit DEFRA’s website:

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