Bird flu zones removed

Following expert consideration of surveillance and tracing results, Defra has today confirmed the intention to lift the protection and surveillance zones in Suffolk

Following expert consideration of surveillance and tracing results, Defra has today confirmed the intention to lift the protection and surveillance zones put in place as part of control measures for the H5N1 avian influenza (AI) outbreak in Suffolk.

This is subject to there being no adverse changes in the disease situation. The intention is to lift zones on the following dates:

* The first protection zone is expected to lift, and become part of the wider surveillance zone, on Saturday 8 December

* The second protection zone is expected to lift, and become part of the wider surveillance zone, on Monday 10 December

* The wider surveillance zone and restricted zone are expected to lift on 19 December.

The requirement to house birds within the restricted zone (but outside the surveillance zone) is also expected to lift on 10 December. Other restrictions on bird gatherings and movements of poultry and poultry meat within the zones will remain in place.

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