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Further local measures after UK's bird flu outbreaks

Further local measures after UK's bird flu outbreaks

Thursday 14 January 2021

Further local measures after UK's bird flu outbreaks

Continued outbreaks of bird flu have led to an appeal for local keepers to help protect their poultry from the virus.

The highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has broken out in regions across the British Isles and local authorities have designed new measures to avoid transmission into and across the Bailiwick.

The worsening situation in the UK late last year led to extra precautions in Guernsey, with all upcoming shows cancelled and detailed advice issued for keepers on ways to help prevent against contamination. 

The States' veterinary officers are now encouraging all poultry owners to register their details so that they can swiftly alert keepers of any local welfare concerns.

"The virus is transmitted between individual birds by eating or drinking contaminated feed/water or inhalation of the virus," said the States. "It can also be spread through the introduction of diseased birds to the flock or poor biosecurity of poultry keepers, such as a lack of cleaning and disinfection and poor pest control."


Pictured: Bird keepers have been told to feed and water their pets in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds.

More information on how poultry keepers can keep their poultry safe and what symptoms to look out for can be found HERE.

Keepers who are not currently registered should email or call 235740 with their name, address, contact details and details of birds in their care.

Anyone who suspects any signs of bird flu in poultry or wild birds should contact the States Vet immediately on 711161.

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