Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of avian influenza H5N1 in poultry and wild birds at a local in the Wrexham County Borough area.
Temporary disease control zones of 3 km and 10 km have been introduced around the small infected poultry areas to limit the risk of disease spread. A veterinary study is underway, however, dead wild birds found in the area have been tested positive for the virus and are thought to be the source of infection.
The public health risk from the virus is considered to be very low and these cases do not pose a food safety risk to UK consumers.
Members of the public are advised not to pick up or touch any sick or dead birds and instead contact Defra’s helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
The last recorded case of bird flu in Wales was in January this year. Today’s confirmation follows the announcement of similar findings of bird flu in the UK and Europe.
All users are strongly advised to be on the lookout for signs of the disease such as increased mortality or difficulty breathing. If animal keepers have any concerns about the health of their birds, they are encouraged to seek prompt advice from their veterinarian.
Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales Christianne Glossop said: “Avian Influenza has been found in poultry and wild birds in the Wrexham area. This is further evidence of the need for all captive poultry keepers and birds to ensure they have the highest levels. of biosafety in place.
“Public Health Wales has said that the risk to public health from bird flu is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made it clear that it does not pose a food safety risk to UK consumers.
“Temporary control zones have been put in place to help prevent further spread of the disease.
“Suspicion of bird flu or any other notifiable disease must be reported immediately to the Danish Animal and Plant Health Agency.”
Further information on how to report and dispose of dead wild birds can be found at https://gov.wales/report-and-dispose-dead-birds
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