All Wales prevention zone declared to protect poultry from H5N6
So far this January, there have been three separate findings in England of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N6 in Wild Birds and in response Defra issued a Prevention Zone across England.
A veterinary risk assessment for England and Wales shows that the risk level for disease in wild birds has increased from Medium to High. The risk associated with direct and indirect transmission to poultry has also increased from Low to Medium.
The risk to poultry, however, is dependent on the level of biosecurity at individual sites.
Although there are currently no findings of Avian Influenza in Wales, as a precautionary measure in response to the increased risk level, an All Wales Avian Prevention Zone will be introduced.
The prevention zone will require all keepers of poultry and other captive birds, irrespective of how they are kept, to take appropriate and practicable step. ■