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Jersey warned about UK outbreak of Avian Flu

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Jersey's States Vet is warning poultry owners to be careful after an outbreak of bird flu in Dorset.

Advice have been issued after 17 wild waterfowl were found to be infected in Dorset last week.

It is the first confirmed finding of the virus in the UK this winter.

Where possible contact between wild birds and domestic birds should be avoided; chickens, ducks, geese and swans should be kept indoors or in a netted area.

Theo Knight-Jones, the States Vet, says local keepers should follow the UK government's advice.

Members of the public are asked to report any dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead birds (such as gulls or birds of prey) to the States Veterinary office at Howard Davis Farm.