What's New ? - 2021

What's New ? - 2021

UK - Avian Influenza: Housing measures have been lifted

17 April, 2021

Chickens will be allowed outdoors again this month after the UK government lifted its indoor-housing order, imposed to reduce the risk of outbreaks of avian influenza. Outbreaks of the H5N8 strain in Gloucestershire, Dorset, Devon, Cheshire and Kent were detected in November, leading officials to implement a prevention zone in England, Scotland and Wales.
There were more than 1,000 outbreaks of bird flu in EU/EEA countries and the UK between December 2020 and February this year, with half of them on poultry farms, according to the European Food Safety Authority. France topped the list for outbreaks with more than 400, mostly in the Landes region, an area with a high density of poultry, badly affecting its foie gras industry.