Avian Flu

North East Lincolnshire Council are encouraging people to stay up to date with messages from Public Health England and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

In terms of the risk posed to humans, Public Health England are advising avian influenza or bird flu is primarily a disease of birds, and there is considered to be little or no risk to public health from the current outbreak. There have been no recorded cases of this particular strain of avian influenza (H5N8) in humans.

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) are offering advice to owners and keepers of birds and poultry. This advice can be found at https://goo.gl/hVyfWj and covers how to spot the disease, what to do if you suspect a bird has been infected, and measures to prevent it.

The Council has set up a form on its’ website to allow owners and keepers of birds to register their flocks. This will enable the Council to keep owners and keepers up to date with any precautionary or emergency messages. The form can be found at www.nelincs.gov.uk/birdregistration.

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