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UK Avian Flu Outbreak: Protection Zones Declared

Department for Environment, Food And Rural Affairs (UK)

AI outbreak in Oxfordshire:protection and surveillance zones declared

The Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed that the restrictions established on 3 June to contain the outbreak of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza at a farm in Banbury, Oxfordshire should remain in place. Protection and Surveillance Zones now replace the Temporary Control Zone. This follows urgent consideration of the measures required to control the outbreak at this stage.

The Temporary Control Zone, established on 3 June with measures appropriate to a highly pathogenic strain, has now been revoked and replaced with Protection and Surveillance Zones. The 3km inner zone is now a Protection Zone and the 10km outer zone is now a Surveillance Zone.

The restrictions that applied in the Temporary Control Zone remain in place. These restrictions include the housing or otherwise isolation from contact with wild birds in the Protection Zone. All bird gatherings in the Protection and Surveillance Zones are banned. Other movements of birds and some products are also banned in those Zones. Please see the Defra website for more detailed information on the restrictions that apply.

The European Commission has been informed of this development.

Website http://www.defra.gov.uk

Client ref 175/08
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