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Avian influenza identified in Staffordshire
A case of H5N8 avian influenza has been confirmed in chickens at a premises in Staffordshire.
Discovery comes ahead of the lifting of housing restrictions on Wednesday. 

A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N8 has been confirmed in broiler chickens at a commercial premises in East Staffordshire.

A 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zone has been placed around the infected premises near Uttoxeter, replacing the Temporary Control Zones introduced on 27 March 2021. 

This is the fourteenth case of (HPAI) H5N8 in poultry in England and comes ahead of the lifting of compulsory housing measures for poultry and captive birds (31 March). The APHA has stated that it is currently reviewing this situation and will provide clarification 'very soon'.

Earlier this month, the APHA reduced the risk level of avian influenza in the UK from ‘high’ to ‘medium’. While the compulsory housing restrictions are set to end, the avian influenza prevention zone requiring enhanced biosecurity will remain in place. 

Under the AIPZ, bird gatherings are still prohibited and high standards of biosecurity remain essential. In a joint statement Great Britain’s three Chief Veterinary Officers said: 

“We have taken swift action to contain and eliminate this disease and all bird keepers - whether they have just a few birds or thousands - must continue to do their bit to maintain strict biosecurity measures on their premises so that we do not lose the progress that we have made over the past few months as Low risk does not mean No Risk.”

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Webinar to focus on equine worm control

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 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

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Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

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