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AI Update 31st January 2017

On 27th January, Defra confirmed another case of HPAI H5N8 in a game rearing unit near Pilling, Wyre District, Lancashire. There are around 1,000 pheasants on the unit. This case was proactively identified and traced as part of Defra’s investigation following confirmation of the disease at the infected premises. A 3km PZ and a 10km SZ have been put in place. Please click here for the Declaration

On 30th January, it was announced that the Chief Veterinary Officer has ordered the culling of 63,000 birds, including pheasants, partridges and ducks, at a game premises in Lancashire. This has been undertaken in order to contain the possible spread of disease. The premises had links to both cases confirmed last week in two premises in Wyre, Lancashire. Following continued investigations, it has not been possible to rule out the presence of disease in farmed birds at a further linked premises in the area. Samples taken from birds at the premises on Sunday 29th January have now tested positive for H5N8. The premises will be cleansed and disinfected, further reducing the risk that disease can be spread to other birds. Defra’s investigations will continue and the restrictions already placed on the sites will remain in force until cleansing and disinfection is finished and the investigation is complete.

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