Bird Flu outbreak in Bournemouth

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An outbreak of Bird Flu has been confirmed at a premises in Southbourne in Bournemouth. The area is currently undergoing testing to find out more information about the strain.

A 3km Temporary Control Zone has been constructed around Castlemain Avenue, with regard to animal movements.

Trading Standards Officers from BCP Council are working alongside officers from the Government’s Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Measures taken include a cull of the birds who pose a direct risk, as well as further investigation over the weekend into premises in the area who are breeding or keeping birds.

APHA and BCP Council officers will be knocking on doors in the zone to check for potential further cases.

They say Bird Flu isn't a danger to humans.

All bird keepers in Great Britain are now required by law to undergo certain biosecurity procedures following an outbreak of Avian Flu being declared, to help prevent further spread.

The authorities give this advice to people who own birds:

Cleanliness is an important defence against the spread of Avian Influenza, requiring clean footwear and regular cleaning of hard surfaces.

When feeding and watering your bird(s), you should ensure that these resources are enclosed in areas which wild birds cannot access. In general, your bird(s) should be kept away from wild birds and wild waterfowl with adequate fencing in outdoor areas.