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Poultry keepers urged to be vigilant after avian influenza case found in Staffordshire

Poultry and bird keepers in Staffordshire are being advised to keep their birds housed after a case of avian influenza has been found in a back yard flock near Audley.


Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards team is working with the Animal and Plant Health Agency to respond to the incident.  A protection and surveillance zone have been set up around the premises and birdkeepers are being reminded to remain vigilant for signs of the virus.


Victoria Wilson, Cabinet Member responsible for Trading Standards at Staffordshire County Council said: “As we head towards the winter months and the migration of birds, good biosecurity is an essential defence against avion flu and is key to limiting its spread.


"Whether an outbreak occurs in pet birds, a backyard flock, or a commercial flock, the same disease control measures apply and the same impacts on bird keepers and trade in poultry occurs. It’s really important that people follow the rules, maintain good biosecurity and look out for signs of the disease.


“If anyone has any concerns or needs further information, they should contact our Animal Health team or if they have concerns regarding a wild bird, they need to contact the Defra helpline on 03000 200 301.”


Bird owners should ensure wild birds cannot have access to any bedding, feed or water intended for use for kept poultry or birds. In addition to this, steps must be taken to reduce the movements of people into or out of the areas where birds are kept.  The guidance applies to anyone keeping birds, whether it’s a few hens in a back garden, rearing game birds or a large commercial farm.


People can contact the trading standards team for further information on 01785 277875 or email


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