Monday, November 28, 2022

Confirmed case of bird flu in North East Lincolnshire

A case of avian influenza (bird flu) has been confirmed at a farm in Laceby.

Public health advice remains that the risk to human health from the virus is very low and food standards bodies advise that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.

Anyone that keeps poultry or captive birds (such as budgies / parrots etc) near to the outbreak needs to take additional precautions to keep their flock safe. This includes regularly cleaning and disinfecting equipment, clothing and vehicles when entering or exiting sites and limiting access to non-essential workers or visitors.

All birds must be housed and they cannot be moved while the restrictions are in place.

Road signs will be put in place to let people know that they are entering the animal disease zone.

The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will be contacting properties in the affected area, and North East Lincolnshire Council will offer reassurance and advice to residents and businesses. They will also be trying to find out who keeps poultry in the area to let them know about the new restrictions and to provide information and advice.

If you find any dead or sick birds, do not touch them. If you find dead swans, geese or ducks or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the DEFRA helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

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