Bird flu measures could be lifted this week

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MEASURES put in place four months ago to prevent a virulent new strain of bird flu breaking out in the Island are expected to be lifted this week.

On Thursday the UK government lifted restrictions imposed on the poultry industry in December 2016 following outbreaks of the disease on farms in France and the UK. They included keeping all birds, even those on free range farms, inside.

Jersey did not adopt such strict controls as the States vet, Theo Knight-Jones, considered the risk of an outbreak in the Island to be low.

Nonetheless, he advised egg farmers and Islanders to keep chickens, ducks and geese indoors, where possible, or in secure pens, and to keep an eye out for signs of illness in their flocks. He also advised against poultry shows being held and said that all birds imported into the Island must be licensed.

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