Bird flu: strict restrictions lifted in protection zone

Ducks on the farm in Nafferton where the bird flu outbreak was reported.

Ducks on the farm in Nafferton where the bird flu outbreak was reported.

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Strict measures to prevent the spread of bird flu around a farm in Nafferton have now been lifted.

Government veterinary experts say they there have been no further cases of the bird flu since the outbreak last month.

Restrictions in a 3km protection zone around the farm on Lowthorpe Lane have therefore now been lifted. They included that poultry and other captive birds had to be kept in their buildings or isolated from other poultry and wild birds, and that farmers and smallholders also had to ensure that no poultry meat or carcasses were moved within or outside of the zone.

Restrictions are still in place, however, around a 10km restriction zone, in which licences are still needed to move poultry and mammals. This does not include pets which have not been in contact with premises where birds are kept.

A spokesman for the government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) said: “Meat produced from poultry originating in the former protection zone, before it was lifted, must continue to be kept separate from other meat, be marked with the special identifying mark and must not be traded with other EU member states or 3rd countries.”

He added: “Within the 10km surveillance zone different controls are still in place to prevent the spread of disease. These include restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure. Poultry keepers in the surveillance zone can apply for licences for some specific movements from the zones.”

There are also still restrictions on bird gatherings (fairs, shows, exhibitions) and the release of game birds.

Meanwhile, scientists are continuing to investigate the origin of the disease,

For more information visit

www.gov.uk/government/news/avian-flu-outbreak-in-duck-breeding-farm-in-yorkshire

www.gov.uk/avian-influenza-bird-flu