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Disease Update 23rd October: UK AI risk level increased from low to medium for wild birds

The Animal & Plant Health Agency have increased the Avian Influenza risk level in the UK from ‘low’ to ‘medium’ following confirmation of two cases of the disease in the Netherlands. 

 A statement from the UK’s four Chief Veterinary Officers said:

“Following two confirmed cases of H5N8 avian influenza in the Netherlands we have raised the risk level for incursion to the UK from migratory birds to medium ahead of the winter migration season. The risk of the disease being introduced to poultry farms in the UK remains low.

“We are monitoring the situation carefully and bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

We will keep you updated on any further developments. If you have any queries regarding this outbreak and/or any concerns about your birds then please speak to your vet or contact the practice on 01392 872932.