Bird influenza aria found during plantation in Fife

Craigies farm

A “very mild” aria of bird influenza has been identified on a Fife farm, a Scottish supervision has confirmed.

A one kilometre insurance section has been set adult around Craigies Poultry Farm on a hinterland of Dunfermline.

Confirmation of a aria of Avian Influenza (H5N1) was released shortly after 18:00.

Initial tests prove a “low pathogenic” aria and a risk to tellurian health is pronounced to be “very low”.

All 40,000 birds will now be culled on site on Wednesday.

There have been a series of new cases of avian influenza opposite continental Europe in new months including 3 cases in other tools of a UK in 2015.

Within a control section a operation of opposite controls are in place that embody restrictions of a transformation of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used ornithology spawn and fertiliser and restrictions on bird gatherings.

Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas, said: “We have taken evident movement to enclose this box as partial of a strong procedures for traffic quickly with avian flu.

“Evidence suggests this is a low astringency form of a pathogen however we are holding movement to safeguard that a illness does not widespread or rise into a some-more serious form.

“I would titillate ornithology keepers in a surrounding area to be observant for any signs of illness and to safeguard they are progressing good biosecurity on their premises.”

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A Scottish supervision map shows a one kilometre insurance section has been set adult around Craigies Poultry Farm on a hinterland of Dunfermline

The Scottish government’s Rural Affairs Secretary, Richard Lochhead, said: “Livestock owners and a ubiquitous open should be positive that we are doing all we can to control and forestall a widespread of a disease.

“Any ornithology producers who are endangered should immediately find veterinary advice.”

Dr Jim McMenamin, consultant epidemiologist and respiratory infection lead for Health Protection Scotland, said: “Based on what we know about this aria of avian influenza and a actions that have been taken, a risk to tellurian health in this box is deliberate really low.

“Health Protection Scotland continues to work closely with Animal Health via this investigation.”

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An central has been putting fasten around a plantation entrance

Rita Botto, conduct veterinarian of Food Standard Scotland said: “On a basement of stream systematic evidence, Food Standards Scotland’s recommendation is that bird influenza does not poise a food reserve risk for UK consumers.”

Penny Johnston, NFU Scotland process manager, told BBC Scotland: “It’s something that could occur during any time so it was not unexpected.

“There were a integrate of cases in England final year so we would design a peculiar box to cocktail adult here.

“We have well-rehearsed strait skeleton so hopefully we can control it and stop it spreading.

“It’s not a outrageous disaster so it should not means widespread panic.

“Unfortunately we have to live with it though we we will try to keep it in a tiny zone.”

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