Preliminary tests have found highly pathogenic H5 avian flu in
a sample from a swan found dead in Fife, Scotland. The preliminary
results were reported this afternoon.
The exact strain of the virus is not yet known, tests are continuing
and a further result is expected tomorrow.
Exercise Hawthorn, the UK exercise for Avian Influenza has been
brought to an end by the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer Debby
In accordance with a recent EU decision the Scottish Executive
is putting in place a Protection Zone of a minimum of three kilometres
radius and a Surveillance Zone of 10 kilometres.
Keepers of birds in the protection zone are being instructed to
isolate their birds from wild birds, by taking them indoors where
Measures to restrict the movement of poultry, eggs and poultry
products from these zones will be brought into effect immediately.
If disease is confirmed as H5N1 there may be further restrictions
put in place, subject to a veterinary risk assessment, such as
housing and movement controls
Whilst highly pathogenic avian influenza has been found the full
type is not yet known at this stage. There is no reason for public
health concern. Avian Influenza is a disease of birds and whilst
it can pass very rarely and with difficulty, to humans this requires
extremely close contact with infected birds, particularly faeces.
Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland Charles Milne said:
“Whilst disease has yet to be confirmed, this is an important
development. Bird keepers outside the protection zone should redouble
their efforts to prepare for bringing their birds indoors if that
becomes necessary. They must also review their biosecurity measures
to ensure that all possible precautions have been taken.”
Debby Reynolds the UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer added:
“I brought to an end the national avian influenza exercise
to ensure that we can bring all our resources to bear on this situation.
We are already in a high state of readiness and I have every confidence
that officials north and south of the border will work together
to manage this incident successfully.”
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