16 March 2022

Work ongoing to support investigations into avian influenza case in Aberdeenshire

The Scottish Government shared an update last week explaining a new avian influenza case had been confirmed in a small backyard flock of mixed poultry at a premises near Collieston in Aberdeenshire. This follows a similar case in the Inverurie area in January and an increase in the number of positive findings in dead wild birds across the UK.
The council’s Trading Standards Animal Health and Welfare team is continuing to work with colleagues from the national Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to speak with residents in a 3km Protection Zone and bird keepers within a wider 10km Surveillance Zone.

 

Within these zones, a range of different controls and restrictions are being implemented which include restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.
Members of the public are reminded not to touch dead wild birds. Instead, report these to Defra’s GB telephone helpline: 03459 33 55 77.

 

The GB-wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) remains place and it is a legal requirement for bird keepers to house their birds or otherwise keep them separate from wild birds. The risk of poultry and captive bird exposure to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 across Great Britain is HIGH where biosecurity is sub-optimal and is MEDIUM where stringent biosecurity measures are applied.

 

Public health advice is that the risk to the general public from the virus remains very low. Food Standards Scotland advises that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for consumers, and it does not affect the consumption of poultry products, including eggs.

 

Bird keepers who are concerned about the health or welfare of their flock should seek veterinary advice immediately. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported to your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Field Office.

 

It is a legal requirement for keepers with 50 or more birds to register their premises on the GB Poultry Register. However, voluntary registration of premises with fewer than 50 birds is highly encouraged. Register with the APHA.