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UK is once again free of avian influenza

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By Josh Loeb

The UK now meets international requirements to declare itself free from avian influenza, chief vet Christine Middlemiss has said.

However, she reiterated calls for poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of disease in their animals.

Middlemiss added that it was paramount that good biosecurity be maintained in the face of a ‘real and constant threat’ from the virus, which she said could be brought into the UK by migratory birds this winter.

Avian influenza continues to circulate in Europe, with outbreaks of a highly pathogenic subtype reported on poultry farms in parts of eastern Europe earlier this year.

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