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Avian flu restrictions in place in North Yorkshire

6th Jan 2017 / By Alistair Driver

Restrictions have been put in place around a premises near Settle, in North Yorkshire, after H5N8 avian flu was confirmed in a small backyard poultry flock.

poultryA 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

While most of the restrictions accompanying the zones apply to poultry, keepers of other farm animals are affected.

Movements of poultry, other captive birds or mammals from or to premises in the zones where poultry or other captive birds are kept are only allowed under licence issued by a veterinary inspector. (This does not apply to pets where it can be shown they no contact with poultry on the premises).

Some pig farmers are likely to be caught up in the restrictions. If you have any queries, contact us via the NPA email 

More details can be seen here 

The strain is the same as that found in a backyard flock in Carmarthenshire, Wales, earlier this week, at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire last month and in a number of wild birds in England, Wales and Scotland.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since December 6 has been extended until 28 February.

The zone requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.