Avian Influenza (bird flu) update » Babergh Mid Suffolk
Over the weekend, 11/12 March, two more cases of Avian Influenza (bird flu) have been confirmed at properties near Redgrave and Market Weston, bringing the total to four outbreaks in Suffolk, affecting over 50,000 birds, since the start of the year.
The Redgrave outbreak is a second commercial premises in that area to be affected, with a stock of 19,200 ducks. The Market Weston outbreak is a smaller commercial premises with 700 ducks and 50-60 chickens. All birds on both sites have been humanely culled.
Suffolk Trading Standards is doing all it can to help stop the spread of the infection, with officers contacting all premises within a 3km Protection Zone of the outbreaks to help establish where birds and poultry are kept. Officers will be supported by colleagues from Mid Suffolk District Council and West Suffolk Council, with foot patrols starting on Tuesday knocking at doors. This is to help them and the Animal and Plants Health Agency establish where poultry is housed, so that the birds can be monitored for the spread of the disease.
Everyone in Suffolk is asked to play their part by continuing to follow Government guidance to keep all captive birds, including chickens, geese and ducks, indoors. Doing so will protect your much-loved pet birds from being killed by the disease and stop you receiving a fine for breaking the rules.
If you are out and about and see any sick or dead birds, please do not touch them as they may be carrying bird flu. Instead, report dead swans, geese, ducks, gulls or birds of prey to Defra by calling 03459 335577.