UK avian influenza risk level is “low but heightened” says Defra

The UK’s avian influenza (AI) risk level remains at “low but heightened” for an incursion of AI into a British poultry farm, Defra has told Poultrynews.

Asked to comment on the current state of the AI threat, following the recent outbreak in Hungary which led to the culling to 9000 turkeys, a Defra spokesman replied: “The UK’s risk level remains at ‘low but heightened’ for an incursion of avian influenza into a poultry farm.

“The outbreak in Hungary was swiftly detected and controlled and there was no trade from the immediate region.

“The most likely risk pathway is through direct or indirect contact with wild birds, so it is important poultry keepers maintain good biosecurity.

“We will continue to monitor the situation and consider the risk level and publish updates on the Defra website.”

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