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Suspected Bird Flu Case at Scottish Farm

January 11, 2016
Public Health

The Scottish government have confirmed that a suspected case of H5 bird flu has been identified at a farm in Fife. Officials have established a 1km temporary control zone round the premises in Dunfermline, restricting the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.

Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas said: “We have taken immediate action to contain this case as part of our robust procedures for dealing swiftly with avian flu. Evidence suggests this is a low severity form of the virus however we are taking action to ensure that the disease does not spread or develop into a more severe form. I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

Further testing is underway at the farm to establish the full details of the suspected strain, while birds will be culled in order to prevent any further spread. There have been a number of cases of bird flu across Europe in recent months affecting 64 farms in the south west of France, the first outbreak in the country for eight years. In July 2015, a case of H7N7 avian flu was confirmed at a farm in Preston, restrictions were lifted a month later as no further cases were found.

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