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Thanks Ellasflock - really good news. I think ‘high risk’ areas tend to be where there are large populations of migratory birds - usually waterfowl so estuaries, large lakes etc.

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I haven’t been able to find any information about lifting restrictions other than that quoted in Vet Times; has anyone seen an announcement or can provide a link?  Thank you.

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Nothing from DEFRA yet so don’t open the champagne ( and the run door!) yet.   Might still be wishful thinking.  Even if it happens, I suspect that bordering the Thames where I am will remain high risk.   

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Oh well that is annoying! 

I was looking for some indication about the Avian flu being lifted in April and came across this article so I’m sorry if I got peoples hopes up. Hopefully the gov will publish something soon. I certainly wasn’t going to let my chickens out before I was 100% certain.

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OH b****r!  I hadn’t spotted that.  No wonder I couldn’t find anything else about the end of Avian Flu restrictions.  Let’s hope that it will be soon.

 

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It didn’t happen then either.  In the end it wasn’t lifted till April.   With the news of the H5N8 variant jumping the species barrier from Chicken to human I think we should expect much more stringent monitoring in the future 

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A number of people in Russia are reported to have caught avian flu recently. There are still outbreaks in the Netherlands this week. 
Don’t expect any restrictions being lifted soon.

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Yes I have heard of this too, Lots of Russian people have come down with it. However, I am not too surprised that Russia is the first because they are one of the top 10 countries in the world for keeping chickens, breeding them and for commercial reasons too.

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10 minutes ago, ellasflock said:

However, I am not too surprised that Russia is the first because they are one of the top 10 countries in the world for keeping chickens, breeding them and for commercial reasons too.


China, Brazil and the US keep many times the amount of poultry compared to Russia. Compared population density and number of birds, the Netherlands tops all those easily.
The first person ever to die from avian flu was a Dutch vet

The reason Russia is more susceptible for outbreaks is that they are on most mainland migration routes of wild birds and Russia has year round avian flu pockets, because of those wild birds.

8 minutes ago, ellasflock said:

Yes I have heard of this too, Lots of Russian people have come down with it.

And it’s 7 people, not lots. I’m all for sharing information, but it is more important than ever to be careful with the information we share.

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I meant because of the severity of Avian Bird Flu, 7 to me is a lot. 

But I certainly understand what you mean and yes information can be miss understood as I can’t see an article that says the exact amount. That is interesting about mainland migration routes!

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4 hours ago, Cat tails said:

Maybe because the article is from 2017!!! 😒

Oh no!!! I usually notice things like that 🙄😂

 

2 hours ago, Cat tails said:

And it’s 7 people, not lots. I’m all for sharing information, but it is more important than ever to be careful with the information we share.

Agree 100%

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