Warning as chicken flu confirmed in swans at Walsall magnificence spot

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Chicken flu has been confirmed in swans at a Walsall magnificence spot.

Individuals are being urged not to the touch any sick or useless wild birds by the UK Well being Safety Company (UKHSA) after quite a lot of useless birds have been discovered at Stubbers Inexperienced in Aldridge.

Two useless swans and three useless Canada geese have been present in the world, based on residents.

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It comes after chicken flu was confirmed at a small yard flock in Wrexham and at Chasewater Nation Park, in Staffordshire.

Walsall Council and the UKHSA is working with APHA and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to administer the scenario and defend public well being and the danger to different birds, wildlife and pets.

The A(H5N1) pressure is extremely pathogenic to different birds, however the danger to human well being is taken into account very low, nevertheless it is important that folks don’t contact sick dwell birds or chicken carcasses, and an infection management measures could also be crucial in the event that they do, the UKHSA stated.

Stephen Gunther, Walsall’s Director of Public Well being stated: “I need to reassure Walsall residents that the danger of them catching avian flu could be very low. It’s an infectious sort of influenza that spreads amongst birds.

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“The virus spreads by shut contact with an contaminated chicken (useless or alive). Due to this fact, it is important that you just don’t contact any sick or useless birds you could discover. This contains touching contaminated birds, their droppings, eggs or bedding.

“In the event you discover useless wild waterfowl (equivalent to swans, geese or geese) or different useless wild birds, equivalent to gulls or birds of prey, it is best to report them to Walsall Council on 01922 65 00 00. Please don’t contact or choose up any useless or visibly sick birds that you just discover.

“I would really like to ask folks to not feed any birds till additional discover. Feeding encourages them to congregate and that will increase the danger of the illness spreading to different birds.”

Dr Naveed Syed, guide in communicable illness management with the UKHSA within the West Midlands, stated: “The danger to the general public from this pressure of avian flu could be very low, nevertheless it is necessary that folks don’t contact any sick or useless birds. As a precaution, anybody who was not carrying acceptable PPE (private protecting gear) whereas involved with the droppings or birds in an space the place the an infection has been confirmed, would require shut monitoring and a course of antiviral medicine for 10 days from final contact with contaminated birds.”

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Any Walsall residents who discover useless birds in Stubbers Inexperienced or different areas of Walsall ought to notify the council on 01922 650 000 for secure elimination and disposal.

Anybody who sees sick wildfowl within the Walsall space ought to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

In areas the place the an infection has been confirmed or is suspected, anybody who has been involved with sick or useless birds or their droppings, whereas not carrying the right PPE (private protecting gear), ought to be certain that any footwear is correctly cleaned and totally wash their arms in cleaning soap and water.

Then contact the UK Well being Safety Company’s West Midlands Well being Safety Group on 0344 225 3560 in order that public well being specialists can decide if antiviral medicine and energetic surveillance of their situation is crucial. If somebody dealt with contaminated birds whereas carrying satisfactory PPE, they have to nonetheless bear energetic surveillance.

Anybody who sees sick or useless birds by waterways or on personal land, don’t contact them and name the Defra helpline on 03459 335 577.

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Following quite a lot of detections of avian influenza (chicken flu) in wild birds throughout Nice Britain, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) throughout the entire of Nice Britain, to mitigate the danger of the illness spreading amongst poultry and captive birds.

Anybody who retains poultry or captive birds must also take additional precautions together with holding their birds indoors or taking acceptable steps to maintain them separate from wild birds The RSPCA has supplied a information to assist yard flock keepers to guard their birds from chicken flu. It is crucial to be vigilant for any indicators of illness, if you happen to are involved about your birds’ well being or suspect Avian Influenza, contact your vet instantly.

Learn extra on the Walsall Council web site: https://go.walsall.gov.uk/parks_and_green_spaces/avian_flu

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