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Bird flu: Avian influenza confirmed in North Ayrshire as disease spreads

Cases of bird flu have been confirmed at a rescue center in North Ayrshire as the disease continues to spread across the country.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was detected at the Hesilhead Wildlife Rescue Center, near Beit, with a protection zone of 3 km and a surveillance zone of 10 km.

The security measures, which took effect at 7.30pm on Friday (March 18th), mean restricting movement in these areas – such as birds, carcasses, eggs, used bird litter and manure – to prevent further spread of the disease.

The advice shared by the Scottish Government states: “The vigilance of poultry farmers is important and any suspicion of the disease should be reported immediately to the local Animal and Plant Protection Agency (APHA).”

Scottish Government Chief Veterinarian Sheila Voas has urged bird owners to take extra steps to protect their animals.

Several cases have also been confirmed in Aberdeenshire, as well as in Angus and Dumfrieshire.

A prevention zone has been in place in the UK since November, requiring the keeping of birds to prevent the spread of the disease.

It is said that highly pathogenic avian influenza manifests itself suddenly, often with a very high mortality rate, with affected birds appearing swollen heads, blue coloring of scallops and plaits, dullness, loss of appetite, respiratory disorders, diarrhea and significant reduction in oviposition.

However, there may be significant differences in the clinical picture and severity of the disease.

If you suspect that your flock has any form of bird flu, you should contact your local animal welfare office immediately.

You can report suspected incidents by contacting the Air Force Field Office at 03000 600703 or by email at APHA.Scotland@apha.gov.uk.



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