A suspected outbreak of avian influenza in chickens has been reported on a farm in Fife, the British Veterinary Association has said.
Initial test results indicate the presence of a notifiable strain of avian influenza (H5). The clinical picture suggests that this is a Low Pathogenic strain and further testing is underway to confirm this.
Restrictions have been imposed on the suspected premises and any identified contact premises. The birds at the suspect premises will be humanely culled and a 1 km Temporary Control Zone (TCZ) has been put in place around the farm. Within the zone a range of different controls are in place, which include restrictions of the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.
BVA President Sean Wensley said: “This suspected outbreak is further evidence of the vital surveillance role played by frontline vets in protecting animal and, by extension, human health. We commend the veterinary surgeon involved in detecting the outbreak in Fife, which has enabled a swift and effective response by the Scottish Government and all other organisations involved.
“We urge poultry keepers and vets working in the area to remain vigilant and to report any concerns to their local Animal Plant & Health Agency (APHA) office. We would like to emphasise that there is no food safety risk to the public.”
More information about avian influenza - including biosecurity guidance - is available from the Scottish Government website http://www.scotland.gov.uk/avianinfluenza