Avian Influenza found in two wild birds at Belfast Waterworks site – Belfast Live

The presence of Avian Influenza in two wild birds retrieved from the Belfast Waterworks web site earlier this week have been confirmed by DAERA officers.

New housing measures are to be launched as a part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in Northern Eire (NI) from 29 November, Agriculture Minister Edwin Poots MLA has introduced.

The choice to introduce a housing order in NI follows the affirmation of 17 circumstances of Extremely Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1 throughout Nice Britain (GB) and one case in a business turkey flock in County Monaghan. DAERA confirmed the Belfast circumstances late final night time.

Illness management zones have been put in place round all contaminated premises to mitigate in opposition to onward illness unfold.

DUP MLA Edwin Poots
DUP MLA Edwin Poots

Underneath the brand new housing measures all hen keepers in NI can be legally required to maintain their birds indoors or in any other case separate from wild birds and observe strict biosecurity measures. This is applicable to house owners of pet birds, business flocks or just some birds in a yard or interest flock.

Asserting the choice to introduce a housing order, Minister Poots mentioned: “I took the choice to introduce the brand new housing measures so as to attempt to forestall an incursion of avian influenza into the poultry flock in Northern Eire. It’s now a authorized requirement for all poultry and captive hen keepers to maintain their birds housed or in any other case separate from wild birds. This choice was based mostly on sound professional recommendation and in session with business.

“This choice to deal with is an extra step to the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) launched on the 17 November and one other mandatory precautionary measure requiring all hen keepers to maintain their birds housed. These housing measures construct on the strengthened biosecurity measures that have been introduced in as a part of the AIPZ.

“Since my choice to introduce the housing order, we have now now found avian flu in two wild birds in Belfast – that tells us unequivocally that the illness is already right here and in our wild hen inhabitants. Maintaining it out of the business flocks is now right down to our poultry sector and the measures they take to maintain the illness out. Adhering to, and fixed evaluate of, all biosecurity measures is the very best weapon we have now to keep away from an incursion.

“My officers will proceed to liaise carefully with stakeholders and colleagues in GB and the ROI because the state of affairs develops.”

To help all hen keepers in complying with the brand new guidelines we have now developed a Biosecurity self-assessment device which is accessible on the DAERA web site. If avian influenza have been to enter our NI flock, it will have a major and devastating affect on our poultry business, worldwide commerce and the broader economic system.

Poultry and captive hen keepers are suggested to be vigilant for any indicators of illness of their birds and any wild birds, and search immediate recommendation from their vet if they’ve any issues. They may help forestall avian flu by sustaining good biosecurity on their premises, together with:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleaning and disinfecting clothes, footwear, tools and automobiles earlier than and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if sensible, use disposable protecting clothes
  • lowering the motion of individuals, automobiles or tools to and from areas the place poultry and captive birds are stored, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and different merchandise, and utilizing efficient vermin management
  • completely cleansing and disinfecting housing on the finish of a manufacturing cycle
  • maintaining recent disinfectant on the proper focus in any respect factors the place individuals ought to use it, similar to farm entrances and earlier than coming into poultry and captive hen housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and oblique contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, together with ensuring all feed and water just isn’t accessible to wild birds

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