A bird flu prevention zone has also been put in place covering the whole of Wales (as well as England – see previous item) in a bid to stop the stop the disease from spreading.
So far this month avian influenza has been found on three separate occasions among wild birds in England.
The prevention zone will require all keepers of poultry and other captive birds, irrespective of how they are kept, to take appropriate and practicable steps, including:
- ensuring the areas where birds are kept are unattractive to wild birds, for example by netting ponds, and by removing wild bird food sources;
- feeding and watering captive and domestic birds in enclosed areas to discourage wild birds;
- minimising movement of people in and out of bird enclosures;
- cleaning and disinfecting footwear and keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy;
- reducing any existing contamination by cleansing and disinfecting concrete areas, and fencing off wet or boggy areas.