Avian Influenza

From the Scottish Government:

DECLARATION OF AN AVIAN INFLUENZA PREVENTION ZONE
THE AVIAN INFLUENZA AND INFLUENZA OF AVIAN ORIGIN IN MAMMALS (SCOTLAND) ORDER 2006

The Scottish Ministers have carried out a risk assessment under article 6(1) of the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (Scotland) Order 2006* ("the Order").

To reduce the risk of the transmission of avian influenza, the Scottish Ministers consider it necessary to declare the whole of Scotland as an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.

The following measures apply within the zone.

Measures applying in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone

Any person in charge of poultry and captive birds must take all appropriate and practicable steps to ensure that:

(a) poultry are housed or otherwise kept separate from wild birds;

(b) other captive birds are kept separate from wild birds

(c) poultry and other captive birds are provided with feed and water which is not accessible to wild birds

(d) any person who comes into contact with poultry and other captive birds must take all reasonable precautions to avoid the transfer of contamination between premises, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear;

(e) steps are taken to implement effective vermin control programmes, including preventing the entry of wild birds, around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept;

(g) housing and equipment is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at the end of a production cycle;

(h) disinfectant at the right concentration is kept at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry housing or enclosures.

These measures apply from 17:00 on 6 December 2016 until 17:00 on 6 January 2017.

This Declaration is made under article 6(1)(a) of the Order.

Failure to comply with this Declaration may be an offence under section 73 of the Animal Health Act 1981.

Copies of this Declaration and of the Order are available at www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza and from the Scottish Government Agriculture, Food and Rural Communities Directorate, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD.

*S.S.I. 2006/336

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