NEW MEASURES have been put in place to stop the spread of bird flu after it was discovered at two separate sites in Montgomeryshire.

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Professor Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of the infectious avian disease at two premises – one near Welshpool and one near Newtown.

The declaration was made on Monday, February 21. It has been reported both premises have pheasants on site. The number of cases in poultry and captive birds in Wales now stands at five.

As a result, a 3km Protection Zone, 10km Surveillance Zone, and 10km Restricted Zone have been declared around each of the two infected premises, to limit the risk and spread of the disease.

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Prof Glossop said: “These cases of avian influenza in Wales are a cause for concern, and evidence the risk to our birds has not diminished.

“Keepers of birds must be vigilant and ensure they have the very highest levels of biosecurity in place. There is always more that can be done to protect your birds.”

Protection zones restrict the movement and gatherings of birds, an isolation of poultry and other captive birds, and require anyone keeping birds for commercial, hobby or other purposes to declare their poultry holdings.

These cases take the total number of confirmed bird flu cases in Wales to five, following an unprecedented rise of the disease within Europe in 2021.

In November 2021, The Minister for Rural Affairs declared an all-Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, making it a legal requirement for all poultry and captive bird keepers to house their birds, or keep them separated from wild birds.

The Welsh Government says the public health risk from avian influenza is “very low”, with the main function of the protection zones being to protect birds from the disease.

All keepers are strongly advised to remain vigilant for signs of the disease and to seek advice from their veterinary surgeon if they have any concerns about the health of their birds.

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