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New case of bird flu (Avian Influenza) found in Mid Suffolk

Posted by Communications on 29 March 2022 | Comments

This week, a further case of Avian Influenza (bird flu) has been confirmed at a property near Stowmarket. 18 mixed poultry housed at the location, will sadly all now be humanely culled.

Suffolk Trading Standards is doing all it can to help stop the spread of the infection, with officers contacting all premises within a 3km Protection Zone of the outbreaks to help establish where birds and poultry are kept.

Trading standards officers will be carrying out foot patrols to help them and the Animal and Plants Health Agency establish where poultry is housed, so that the birds can be monitored for the spread of the disease.

Everyone in Suffolk is asked to play their part by continuing to follow Government guidance to keep all captive birds, including chickens, geese and ducks, indoors. Doing so will protect your much-loved pet birds from being killed by the disease and stop you receiving a fine for breaking the rules.

If you are out and about and see any sick or dead birds, please do not touch them as they may be carrying bird flu. Instead, report dead swans, geese, ducks, gulls or birds of prey to Defra by calling 03459 335577.