Plea to keep poultry indoors to tackle North Yorkshire bird flu outbreaks

Bird keepers in parts of North Yorkshire are being told they must keep their animals indoors. Credit: PA Images

Bird keepers in parts of North Yorkshire are being told they must keep their animals indoors after several outbreaks of avian flu across the county.

The government introduced a prevention zone last night (21 November) in the Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire districts to make the control a legal requirement.

Chief Veterinary Officer, Christine Middlemiss, says this swift action was necessary in order to limit the spread.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says the risk to public health is very low, and food standards agencies are reassuring people that the virus does not affect the consumption of eggs or any other poultry products.

Any concerns about outbreaks of bird flu should be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency on 03000 200 301.