Defra today announced changes to the disease control measures put
in place to tackle the H5N1 outbreak in Suffolk.
At 2pm today, 1 March, the specific Protection Zone (PZ) restrictions
will be removed and will become part of the wider Surveillance Zone
In addition, the requirement to house birds within all of the
zones, including the Restricted Zone, will be lifted.
Defra has carried out enhanced surveillance of 148 premises of
live poultry (including testing ducks and geese) and tested approximately
64 dead wild birds within the zones and tested faecal samples from
the environment around the infected premises . This has not revealed
the presence of disease outside the affected premises.
Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer Fred Landeg said:
“This is a positive step that has resulted from our work
to stamp out the disease. However, we cannot afford to be complacent.
We must remain vigilant and I must stress again how important it
is for poultry keepers to practice good bio-security.”
Minister for Animal Health Ben Bradshaw said:
"I would like to thank the public and poultry keepers in
the areas of Suffolk and Norfolk for their co-operation and understanding
in helping us deal with the outbreak and prevent its spread."
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