Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bird Flu Warning as Temperatures Drop

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bird Flu Warning as Temperatures Drop

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FARMERS and poultry keepers across the UK are being urged to remain vigilant over bird flu as the threat rises with the colder weather.

No cases of the disease have been reported in the UK for two months, while the last case in the North East was at Haltwhistle, in Northumberland, in February.

But the condition is still being found in Europe and the risk of infection is high in cold weather, so Defra vets are urging continual vigilance and good bio-security measures. UK chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens, said: "While it is undoubtedly good news we haven't confirmed a case in kept birds in the UK for two months, the disease remains a threat - particularly as we move again towards the colder months.

"For that reason, we cannot afford to rest on our laurels and I want to remind keepers of flocks large and small to do everything they can to reduce the risk to their birds.

"Simple actions you can take now, such as regularly cleaning and disinfecting the area where you keep your birds and signing up for free disease alerts, could really help to reduce the risk of your birds becoming infected this winter. …

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