AI confirmed in Wales

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed a finding of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 in a wild duck in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire.

This is the same strain of the disease confirmed at a turkey farm in Lincolnshire on Friday (16th December) and has been reported in wild, captive or domestic birds in many European countries, the Middle East and North Africa.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is now in place. The zone covers the whole of Wales and will be in place until 6 January 2017. Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are required to keep them separated from wild birds and maintain high standards of biosecurity. A temporary suspension on gatherings of some species of birds has also been introduced.

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