Three more outbreaks of bird flu confirmed in Devon

Three outbreaks of avian influenza H5N1, more commonly known as bird flu, have been discovered in birds in Devon, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed. All birds at the affected locations were ‘humanely culled’ to prevent further spread of the disease.

Cases were confirmed at two locations near Tedburn St Mary, Teignbridge and one in Newton St Cyres, Mid Devon over the space of a week. The outbreak in Newton St Cyres was confirmed on April 6, the first case in Tedburn St Mary was suspected on April 6, after a ‘humane culling’ and official testing, a bird flu outbreak was confirmed the next day on April 7.

A third case, also in Tedburn St Mary was confirmed yesterday, April 13. Defra said: “Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on 13 April 2022 in poultry at a second premises near Tedburn St Mary, Teignbridge, Devon. All birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been put in place around the premises. “

The news comes days after a popular Exmouth tourist attraction announced it would close for several days after a farm it received it’s birds from had a confirmed outbreak of bird flu. A spokesperson for World of Country Life said: “Due to an avian flu outbreak in Exeter, we have been asked by Animal Health to close the park, as a precaution, until tests on our five adult ducks have been carried out as they came from the same farm. Please keep an eye on social media and our website for updates. “

Bird flu is having an impact across the UK as the country grapples with the largest wave of bird flu it has ever faced; currently, there are 92 cases of the disease in England, 2 in Wales and 2 in Scotland. To curb the spread of the disease, anyone who owns birds, including farmers and private owners, has been ordered to keep them inside or under cover in a bird lockdown since November 2021.




What is avian flu?

Bird flu – avian influenza – is a notifiable, infectious disease that affects wild, captive and commercially-raised birds. Avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. However, the disease is taken very seriously as it is devastating to birds and spreads very fast. Defra is leading the drive to manage the spread of avian flu, which has no known cure.

Protection and surveillance zones are put in place in the areas with confirmed infections in an attempt to monitor and curb the spread of the highly contagious disease. Birds are being kept inside to protect them from interacting with wild birds and their droppings which may carry the highly-contagious disease.

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