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Bird keepers advised to be vigilant over avian flu

Anyone who keeps poultry or waterfowl in Perth and Kinross is being advised by the Council's Animal Welfare team to take steps to protect their birds and be vigilant for any signs of avian flu, after a second case of the disease was recently confirmed in Fife.

The Scotland-wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) remains in force. Whether owners have a few birds or hundreds, they are legally required to keep them indoors, or otherwise take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. 

Following evidence from Europe and high numbers of findings among Britain's wild bird populations, the risk of avian flu outbreaks has been increased to very high for wild birds, high for poultry with poor biosecurity and medium for poultry with good biosecurity.

Any suspicions of disease in domesticated birds should be reported immediately to the local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office, which for Perth and Kinross is in Perth and can be contacted by calling 03000 600704 or emailing APHA.Scotland@apha.gov.uk.

For findings of dead wild birds, these should be reported via the following national helpline - 03459 33 55 77, and selecting option 7. In particular, findings of wild ducks, wild geese, swans, gulls or birds of prey, and where more than five birds of any other species are found dead in the same location should be reported.

More information about avian flu, including guidance on maintaining effective biosecurity, is available at www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza.