Third AI case confirmed in game birds in Lancashire

Defra has confirmed a third case of avian influenza in Lancashire on a game bird farm containing 63,000 birds.

Test results have confirmed H5N8 Avian Influenza at the premises near Pilling, which is linked to two other sites to have suffered bird flu both also in Lancashire.

The chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens said 63,000 birds, including pheasants, partridges and ducks, will be humanely culled

3km Protection Zones and 10km Surveillance Zones are in place in the following cases (dates refer to when the disease was confirmed):

  • flocks of farmed breeding pheasants at three separate, linked premises near Pilling, Wyre, Lancashire (24, 27, 30 January 2017)
  • a turkey flock near Boston, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire (26 January 2017)
  • a commercial turkey unit near Louth, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire (16 January 2017)lancs bird flu map


10km Surveillance Zones remain in place in the following cases:

* a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks on a premises near Settle in North Yorkshire (originally confirmed on 6 January 2017)

* a backyard flock of chickens and ducks on a premises in Carmarthenshire, Wales (originally confirmed on 3 January 2017)

A housing order remains in place in England, Scotland and Wales until 28 February and until 16 March in Northern Ireland.


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