BIRD-flu quarantine requirements may continue into spring 2023, according to the Environment Minister.
Deputy Jonathan Renouf has written a letter to birdkeepers thanking them for helping prevent further spread of the virus.
An Island-wide bird-flu prevention zone was introduced earlier this month – following outbreaks at a farm in St Peter and a property in St Lawrence – requiring keepers to house their flocks and keep them separated from wild birds among other restrictions.
Deputy Renouf said there had been no new outbreaks in Jersey for more than a fortnight, but encouraged keepers to register their flocks with the States Veterinary team if they had not yet done so – adding that there was ‘no time for complacency’.
‘We will continue monitoring HPAI in wild birds and at this stage we are uncertain if migrating wildfowl and seabirds over-wintering in Jersey will continue the spread during the colder months; in which case, housing requirements may continue into spring 2023,’ Deputy Renouf wrote.