AI update - Protection Zone lifted

Defra confirmed at the weekend that the Protection Zone put in place as part of control measures for the H7N7 avian influenza outbreak in Oxfordshire would be lifted, as from Sunday, 29 June.

Defra confirmed at the weekend that the Protection Zone put in place as part of control measures for the H7N7 avian influenza outbreak in Oxfordshire would be lifted as from yesterday, Sunday 29 June, provided that no new suspect cases were identified before then.

It said active surveillance in the area has shown no evidence of disease spread and infection appears to be confined to the one infected premises.

Restrictions associated with the Protection Zone will fall, including the requirement to house birds, and, instead, Surveillance Zone controls will apply in the area. Restrictions on bird gatherings and movements of poultry and poultry products are still in place, and keepers should maintain good biosecurity practices and report any suspicion of disease immediately.

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