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NFU supports housing of birds in Fife area
07/04/06

In the light of the confirmation of H5N1 in a swan found in Scotland today the NFU has supported the decision of the Scottish Executive and Chief Veterinary Officer to order the housing of free range and organic birds in an extended area beyond the 10km surveillance zone.

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The extended area covers the Montrose Basin, an area of wetland which attracts large numbers of geese, swans and other wild birds.

Peter Kendall, NFU President, said: “It is likely that the dead bird was a native mute swan, so the caution being exercised by the Scottish Office and the Chief Veterinary Officer is wise.

“The NFU is advising its members to review their biosecurity arrangements, and to do everything possible – such as keeping food and water supplies under cover – to avoid attracting wild birds which could then mix with commercial poultry. Outdoor poultry keepers are also advised to review their contingency plans for housing their birds, should it become necessary.”

Peter Kendall also stressed that this is a single case of the H5N1 strain of AI in an individual bird. While it is of concern from a poultry health point of view, there are no implications for public health or consumers.

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link Bird Flu Tests - Preliminary Positive on Dead Swan
link Bird flu outbreaks continue in Africa, Asia, Europe and Near East
link H5N1 Avian flu tests on dead wild bird in Scotland
link CLA Statement On Avian Influenza
link CIWF Calls on EU to Protect Animal Welfare in Face of Bird Flu Threat
link Bird flu virus advances in Nigeria
link Bird flu: concern grows over possible spread in West Africa

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