Maintain high biosecurity plea

DEPUTY farming and food minister Rebecca Evans has urged Welsh poultry owners to be vigilant for signs of avian influenza following confirmation of a low pathogenic strain of the disease on a poultry farm in Scotland. Mrs Evans said: “Although there is only one case in the UK, all poultry owners in Wales need to remain vigilant for any signs of the disease which include respiratory distress, diarrhoea, a drop in egg production and loss of appetite “Poultry keepers should continue their efforts to maintain high levels of biosecurity and monitor their birds for any signs of disease. “Avian influenza is a notifiable disease, so any suspicion should be reported immediately to the local Animal and Plant Health Agency office. “Health Protection Scotland considers the risk to human health in this case to be very low. “Food Standards Scotland’s advise that there is no risk posed to food safety for UK consumers. “The UK has a good track record of controlling and eliminating avian disease outbreaks and we have the necessary plans in place to deal with a similar event in Wales.” For more information on farm biosecurity visit: www.gov.wales/biosecurity<http://www.gov.wales/b iosecurit

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