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UK-wide avian flu housing order announced
Keepers are being urged to follow strict biosecurity measures to keep their flocks safe from avian flu.

Move follows several confirmed cases across the UK in recent weeks. 

New housing measures to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza will come into force on Monday (29 November), making it a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their flocks indoors.

The move was agreed by the UK's Chief Veterinary Officers (CVOs) for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland following several confirmed cases across the UK in recent weeks.

The UK’s CVOs are calling on bird keepers to use the coming days to prepare for the housing measures, including steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and build additional housing where necessary.

Keepers are also being urged to follow strict biosecurity measures to keep their birds safe.

A joint statement issued by the CVOs reads: “We have taken swift action to limit the spread of the disease and are now planning to introduce a legal requirement for all poultry and captive bird keepers to keep their birds housed or otherwise separate from wild birds.

“Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, from Monday 29 November onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. We have not taken this decision lightly, taking this action now is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.”
 
On Sunday (21 November), housing measures were introduced to parts of Yorkshire after a number of confirmed and suspected cases of H5N1 avian influenza in the area. 

The total number of cases of the disease in the UK currently stands at 17.

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Avian influenza housing order declared in Yorkshire

A new avian influenza prevention zone has been declared in North Yorkshire following the identification of H5N1 avian influenza at a number of premises.

The requirement means all bird keepers in Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire are now legally required to keep their birds indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures.

Several other cases of H5N1 avian influenza have also been confirmed in recent days at sites in Essex, Cheshire and Cumbria. On Monday (22 November), the disease was identified near Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk.