28/04/2017

Bird Flu Protection Measures To Be Extended In NI

The Department of Agriculture has confirmed that bird flu protection measures are to be extended in Northern Ireland.

The Avian Influenza Protection Zone is being extended until 31 May 2017.

NI's Chief Veterinary Officer Robert J Huey is reminding all bird keepers to remain vigilant.
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He said: "The risk of infection from wild birds is decreasing and is expected to continue to decrease in the coming weeks. The decision to extend the prevention zone until the end of May has been made following a recent veterinary risk assessment which concluded that there is still a risk of avian influenza to poultry through direct or indirect contact with wild birds, although the risk has decreased.    

"I would continue therefore to strongly encourage all bird keepers to maintain compliance with the additional biosecurity mitigation measures previously introduced on 17 March 2017. The main critical control points remain prevention of fomite spread into poultry premises and stopping direct and indirect contact between wild birds and domestic poultry."

(CD/MH)

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