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Avian flu suspected in Suffolk
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Further investigations are being carried out to determine the nature of the virus detected and to establish the possible source of infection. (stock photo)
Defra announces control zone after H5N8 finding
 
Controls have been introduced at a premises near Redgrave in Suffolk following investigations into a suspected case of avian influenza.

The UK’s deputy chief veterinary officer announced an initial 10km Temporary Control Zone around the premises after laboratory analysis identified the presence of H5N8.

It has been decided to cull the remaining birds in the flock, which is estimated to contain approximately 23,000 birds. Further investigations are being carried out to determine the nature of the virus detected and to establish the possible source of infection.

The Temporary Control Zone consists of a 3km Zone A and 10km Zone B. It is equivalent to the 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone that would apply after a confirmed case of avian influenza.

Further details of the controls in place can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement-controls-and-licences

Defra has also updated its interactive map: http://www.gisdiseasemap.defra.gov.uk/intmaps/avian/map.jsp

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Practices urged to support #vets4vultures

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 Veterinary professionals are being urged to take part in the #vets4vultures online fundraising campaign. Vultures are persecuted throughout the world and numbers of some species have fallen by 99.9 per cent in recent years. Wildlife Vets International rescue and rehabilitate the birds of prey, as well as training local vets. However, the charity needs to raise £18,000 for its conservation plans to go ahead next year.

It has been selected for The Big Christmas Give Challenge, which goes live on 28 November. To help practices encourage clients to get involved, there is an online promotional pack containing resources for websites and social media platforms.

For more information emailinfo@wildlifevetsinternational  

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Avian flu text alert service launched in Northern Ireland

A new text system to alert bird keepers to the threat of avian flu has been launched in Northern Ireland. The service will enable bird keepers to take action to protect their flock at the earliest opportunity.

Keepers who have already provided NI's Department of Agriculture with a valid mobile number have automatically been subscribed to the service and notified by text. Bird keepers who have not yet received a text should text ‘BIRDS’ to 67300 to register.