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Licence move following H5N1 outbreak

PUBLISHED: 09:37 16 November 2007 | UPDATED: 08:17 28 March 2014

November 2007: Defrahas made available general licences to address immediate issues
relating to the movement of bird by-products and mammals in the zonesin place for Avian Influenza following the H5N1 outbreak at a Suffolk farm.

Bird by-products may now be
moved freely between zones and to the unrestricted parts of the
country. Mammals may move direct to or from premises where poultry or
other captive birds are kept in the Protection or Surveillance Zones.



Movements of hatching eggs may also be permitted under specific licence
available from Animal Health.
All movements are subject to
strict adherence to licence conditions, including biosecurity measures.


The national ban on bird gatherings and movement restrictions in the
zones remain firmly in place.

Defra said: "It is essential that poultry keepers are
vigilant in checking their birds and report signs of notifiable disease
immediately."


It added that the decision has been taken to reclassify the cull at one of the four 'dangerous contacts' premises identified on Wednesday to a slaughter on suspicion of Avian Influenza.




"During preparation for the cull at this premises, which is in the existing Protection Zone, avian notifiable disease could not be ruled out.
Samples have been taken for laboratory testing. There is no timetable
for when these results will be received," said Defra

"The strain of
Avian Influenza present at the infected premises near Diss is similar
to that found in Germany, France  and the Czech Republic during the
summer. A full epidemiological investigation is underway and all
avenues into the origin of this outbreak are being investigated.




"Surveillance of poultry premises  in the Protection Zone is underway,
surveillance of wild birds has been increased in Norfolk and Suffolk
and the national targeted wild bird surveillance programme is ongoing."



Further information

1.
The Defra Helpline (08459 33 55 77) is currently open 8am – 8pm Monday
to Friday and 9am – 5pm Saturday and Sunday for calls relating to Avian
Influenza. Poultry keepers can also call the Animal Health recorded
information line for the latest updates, on 0844  884 4600.


2. The details on the measures that apply in the current zones can be found on the Defra website at www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/diseases/notifiable/disease/ai/latest-situation/index.htm 

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