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BIRD FLU: KEEPERS ON ALERT FOLLOWING WILD BIRD DEATHS

Bird keepers are being reminded of the importance of biosecurity measures for avian influenza, following the deaths of 15 greylag geese from a flock in St Ouen’s bay. 

Jersey’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Caroline Terburgh, said that while the Government were not bringing in mandatory housing restrictions, they asked that all keepers ‘do what they can’ to keep poultry separate from wild birds. 

It followed confirmation that bird flu was found in around 15 dead geese in St Ouen’s Bay that had been reported over the past month. 

Dr Terburgh said: ‘We know avian influenza is still circulating in our wild birds, and keepers must take precautions to prevent their flocks coming into contact with them. 

‘While we’re not making it compulsory to house birds in Jersey, we’re asking all keepers to do what they can to ensure as much separation as possible from wild birds. 

‘Good biosecurity is also vital to help stop any outbreaks or spread, so please use foot dips at entrances and exits, and clear up any spilled feed. This disease kills and can wipe out large flocks overnight, and we know it’s here with us in Jersey.’

Meanwhile, Islanders who come across wild birds that have died suddenly and without an obvious explanation can be reported to the Natural Environment team via a new online form on www.gov.je/birdflu. 

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