Reacting to the news this evening (5April) that preliminary tests
have found highly pathogenic H5 avian flu in a sample from a dead
swan in Fife, NFUS has urged poultry farmers across the country
to prepare for a nationwide order to bring poultry inside.
Authorities have stressed there is no reason for any public health
NFUS Deputy Chief Executive James Withers said:
“Obviously this is an extremely concerning development.
We will be liaising with the authorities to determine the veterinary
advice on the next steps.
“It appears this finding has been in a wild bird, so there
is no evidence yet it has reached the farmed population, and experience
of cases elsewhere in Europe show there is no guarantee it will
“Any poultry farmers in the immediate area should bring
their poultry indoors and those out with the 10km surveillance
zone should prepare for a national order to do the same. We’re
urging all our members to double check the measures they have in
place to prevent, as far as possible, contact between wild birds
and farmed poultry
“The poultry industry has been preparing for this day, but
it doesn’t make it any less worrying. We will have to wait
and see if the preliminary tests are confirmed and indeed if this
is the H5N1 strain which could require UK-wide preventative measures.
We are working very closely with the Scottish Executive as this
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