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DEFRA has issued advice for the keepers of backyard poultry on protecting their birds from highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), following the detection of a further case of H5N8 HPAI in a backyard flock in North Yorkshire.
Following confirmation of the case on January 6 in a flock of 17 backyard chickens and ducks near Settle, Nigel Gibbens, the UK's Chief Veterinary Officer, said it was essential that even keepers who kept just a few birds as pets took measures to minimise the risk of their birds catching avian influenza. ‘This means keeping birds in a suitable building where possible, and taking precautions such as putting up netting, keeping food and water inside and disinfecting footwear and equipment after contact with birds,’ he said.
Prevention zones extended
The case in North Yorkshire was confirmed two days after the …