DEFRA lifts avian flu restrictions
Following the outbreak of H5N1 avian flu in Suffolk, England last month, the Department for Environment Food
and Rural Affairs (Defra) has lifted the remaining disease control restrictions.
The Surveillance and Restriction Zones will be lifted and any related
restrictions on bird gatherings and movements of poultry and poultry meat within
the zones will also be lifted.
End of disease on affected area
Defra highlighted that
this move follows expert consideration of surveillance and tracing results which
indicate that infection has been contained to the two farms in
"Although this marks the end of our active disease control
measures in the affected area, we continue to investigate the source of the
virus introduction and expect to publish a final epidemiology report in the New
Year,â€ according to acting chief vet Fred Landeg. This follows the first report
which was inconclusive and published on at the end of November.
keepers must endeavour to learn from this outbreak to prevent and manage similar
situations in the future. All should regularly review their biosecurity measures
to ensure they meet best practice and remain vigilant for signs of disease," he
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