Avian Flu Prevention Measures

6 December 2016 – 6 January 2017

The Scottish Government has declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone requiring that all poultry and captive birds must be kept indoors, or otherwise kept separate from wild birds.

This precautionary step has been taken in response to multiple reports of a strain of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N8 causing high mortality in wild birds in mainland Europe, mostly affecting waterfowl. There have been no cases of this strain detected in the UK.

The Prevention Zone applies to all of Scotland and will be kept under review, remaining in place for 30 days initially from 6 December 2016 until 6 January 2017.

Full details and guidance available:


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