• Avian flu risk is ‘low but uncertain’ and current measures remain in place

THE risk of an outbreak of avian influenza (also known as avian flu or bird flu) remains low but uncertain, and the States Veterinary Officer is advising no change to the current measures in place.

As in low risk areas in England, the recommendation remains to minimise contact between domestic poultry and wild birds. Where possible, domestic chickens, ducks, geese, etc., should be kept indoors or in a netted area. Housing is not compulsory, recognising it is not always possible to do this adequately. It’s still the case that poultry gatherings, such as bird shows, are not being endorsed. And all poultry importations still need an individual licence, with certain conditions set out for each licence.

These measures will remain in place at least until 30 April 2017 unless changes to control policy are justified before that date. The States vet, Theo Knight-Jones will continue to monitor the situation and advise on any necessary measures.

Members of the public are asked to report any dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead birds such as gulls or birds of prey to the States Veterinary office at Howard Davis Farm. The number is +441534  441600 or email rva@gov.je.