Birds culled after bird flu detected in Sussex Brighton News

The BIRDS have been culled after a case of bird flu was detected in Sussex.

A three kilometer protection zone, covering most of Bexhill, and a ten kilometer surveillance zone covering St Leonards, Battle, Hollington, Ninfield and the outskirts have been established after a case was found in north Bexhill .

The birds at the scene were humanely culled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

From next week, anyone living within the three-kilometre protection zone who keeps poultry will be contacted to ask them to complete a survey of the birds held to help scientists assess the risk of spread.

Birds inside the protection zone should be housed, not outside, and no movement of birds or eggs should take place inside or outside the zone, except under a permit.

The Argus: A map of protection and surveillance zones: credit - DefraA map of protection and surveillance zones: credit – Defra

A Defra spokesman said: “The UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) has said that bird flu is primarily a disease of birds and the health risk to the general public is very low.

“However, if you find dead wild birds anywhere, including swans, ducks, geese, gulls or birds of prey, please report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 335577.

“Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds you find. Keep dogs on a leash. »

The news comes days after several reports of dead seagulls around Brighton Marina, Roedean and East Brighton Park.

Brighton Marina Estate Manager Andrew Knight told The Argus: ‘We never knew this was happening in the past so it’s very concerning.

Rother District Council, East Sussex County Council and other local partners are working with Defra to contain the spread of the outbreak.

More information on bird flu and the exclusion zone can be found on the government website.

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This notice was published: 2022-06-17 18:36:42

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