Restrictions removed from avian flu farm

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RESTRICTIONS have now been lifted following an outbreak of Avian Flu.

The outbreak happened on Big Path Farm in Upham, near Bishop’s Waltham, on February 2.

A 1km restriction zone was put up around the farm restricting poultry and other animal movement.

The avian flu was confirmed in chickens and action was taken to prevent any spread of the disease, which posed very low risk to human health.

The restrictions have been lifted 21 days after the completion of an initial cleaning and disinfection of the premises.

Chief Vet Nigel Gibbens said: ‘Protecting our country from animal disease is important for our economy, and our robust and thorough approach to tackling this outbreak quickly means we have been able to lift these restrictions at the earliest possible point allowed by EU law.

‘This outbreak should serve as a reminder for the poultry industry of the importance of maintaining strict biosecurity to minimise the risk of infection.

‘I would urge keepers to remain vigilant for any signs of disease and report suspicions to their vet immediately.’

Anyone suspecting avian influenza should contact their nearest Animal and Plant and Health Agency office.