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Update: Avian Influenza Update ‘Higher Risk Areas’

Tuesday 21 March 2017
Further to the Avian Influenza update by DEFRA on March 20th 2017, there are now ‘Higher Risk Areas’ (HRAs) which have been defined to manage the disease. To find out if you are in a HRA, use the interactive map http://www.gisdiseasemap.defra.gov.uk/intmaps/avian/map.jsp and then follow the below advice: • if you’re not in a Higher Risk Area, then birds can be allowed outdoors into fenced areas provided the areas meet certain conditions • if you are in a Higher Risk Area then keepers must either keep their birds housed, in permanent or temporary sheds; or allow birds outdoors but only into a fenced run which is fully covered by netting Poultry gatherings across the UK are still banned. This applies to birds including chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese, and restricts events such as livestock fairs, auctions and bird shows. If you keep poultry, you must also practice good biosecurity to minimise the risk of infection spreading via items such as feed, clothing or equipment. The updated guidance applies until 30th April 2017, unless the Secretary of State is of the view that it can be amended before then. For further information from DEFRA please click here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-winter-2016-to-2017

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