Bird Flu strain found at poultry farm in Fife

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The Scottish Government has confirmed its vets have found a strain of avian (H5) flu at a poultry farm near Dunfermline, Fife. Initial tests have suggested it is a “low pathogenic strain” but poultry farmers across Scotland are urged to be vigilant.

Within the one-kilometre control zone, a range of controls are in place which include restrictions of the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure. There is also a restriction on bird gatherings.

Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas, said: “We have taken immediate action to contain this case as part of our robust procedure for dealing with avian flu.  “Evidence suggests this is a low severity form of the virus. However, we are taking action to ensure the disease does not spread or develop into a more severe form.  “I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”  There does not appear to be any major shooting interests within the one-kilometre control zone, but BASC advises gamekeepers and shoot managers in Fife to be vigilant.

For further information on restrictions and to see the location of the control zone please see the following link: http://www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza

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