Avian flu confirmed in Lancashire, U.K.
The farm in question was placed in a temporary control zone on Friday. Then, health investigators placed a surveillance zone as well as an inner protection zone around the farm. Until all of the birds are humane culled, these restrictions will be maintained around the area.
These restrictions include all of the poultry farms located within the control zone. These farms will not be allowed to move captive birds, poultry or other mammals unless they receive license approval.
“Final tests results have confirmed a case of avian flu at a farm in Lancashire," Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens said. "Restrictions put in place last week will continue and the humane culling of all birds at the site is progressing. These actions are part of our tried and tested approach to dealing with previous outbreaks.”
Officials with Public Health England have reassured the public that the risk of this strain to public health remains minimal, and officials with the Food Standards Agency have also stated that consumers do not face any food safety risk from this incidence.
“Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health from this strain is very low,” Gibbens said. “The Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for consumers.”
Bird keepers should look out for warning signs of disease and report any suspected instances to their nearest APHA office, Gibbens concluded.