Welsh Government urges vigilance against rising risk of Avian Influenza

Welsh poultry producers have been urged to follow good biosecurity practices to minimise contact with wild birds and to be vigilant for signs of Avian Influenza (AI).

This warning comes from the Welsh Government’s farm minister, Lesley Griffiths, following the risk level for AI incursion into the UK via wild birds being raised from “Low” to “Medium”.

“It’s important all poultry keepers remain vigilant for signs of disease in their flock and maintain levels of biosecurity to minimise the risk of any disease spread,” said Ms Griffiths (pictured above).

“Good communication is also vital for disease control and I urge all poultry keepers to notify or update their details and those of their flocks on the poultry register. This will ensure they can be contacted immediately in an avian disease outbreak, allowing them to take action to protect their flock at the earliest opportunity.”

Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, agreed, adding: “Whilst none of the cases of AI to date have been located in the UK, poultry keepers need to closely monitor their flocks for any signs of disease.

“This applies in particular to respiratory distress, diarrhoea, fewer eggs being laid, loss of appetite and discolouration of neck and throat.

“AI is also a notifiable disease, and so any suspicion should be reported immediately.”

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