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New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from Avian flu

Date Published: 29 November 2021
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New housing measures came into force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021 to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza following a number of confirmed cases across Great Britain in recent weeks.

The new measures, which are in addition to the current Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) requirements, make it a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Rutland and across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported to the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.

Further information and biosecurity advice on these mandatory housing measures is available from the government website below. 

Avian flu guidance

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