Bird flu outbreak has been confirmed in a backyard flock kept near the city of Derbyshire. Several chickens, geese and ducks have been affected at a compound near Ilkeston.
Cases of H5N1 avian influenza were confirmed by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Derbyshire County Council has confirmed. A 3 km security zone and 10 km surveillance zone have been put in place around the infected premises and strict measures are now in place to limit the risk of spreading the disease.
Road signs are being put up to warn people when they are entering a safety area, and trade standards officials will be out in the area next week to identify any homes that house any type of bird. Knock on doors in 3 km security zone. Warned them of the new restrictions.
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The outbreak comes just a month after the outbreak was confirmed at Straw Bridge Local Nature Reserve in West Hallam, known locally as Swan Lake. A total of 13 swans and Canadian swans were found dead in mid-March when the outbreak was confirmed.
Councilor Carol Hart, a cabinet member of the County Council for Health and Communities, said: “Unfortunately we have another confirmed case of avian flu in Derbyshire and our business standards officer, along with colleagues in Nottinghamshire, in collaboration with relevant government agencies are working to reduce the spread of disease.
“It is really important that they identify anyone who has birds and make sure they are aware of the restrictions and follow the rules to the letter. The risk to public health is low but people traveling within a 10 km area should be aware of the outbreak. The area will have roadside sign ups letting people know when they are entering the zone. ,
While government guidelines to protect poultry and captive birds have been eased on Monday, May 2, county trade standards officials are reminding all bird keepers affected by the outbreak in the 3km and 10km areas of the Ilkeston area that This is a legal requirement. To follow strict guidelines in those areas till further notice.
The UK Health Protection Agency has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has stated that bird flu poses a very small food safety risk to UK consumers. Properly cooked eggs and poultry are safe to eat.
Full details of what to do when you find dead swans, geese or other wild birds when you do an avian flu search can be found on the government’s website. Any suspicion of any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds should be reported immediately by calling the Defra Gramin Seva helpline on 03000 200 301.
If anyone finds dead wild waterfowl (goose, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, they should report the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77 and select option 7.