Bird flu case reported on Scottish poultry farm

A suspected case of avian influenza (bird flu) has been reported on a poultry farm in Dunfermline in Fife, Scotland, the Scottish government has confirmed. In the image, micrograph of avian influenza virus particles

A suspected case of avian influenza (bird flu) has been reported on a poultry farm in Dunfermline in Fife, the Scottish Government has confirmed.

Initial test results indicate the presence of a notifiable strain of avian flu but that it is a “low pathogenic strain”, according to a statement on the Scottish Government website.

A 1km ‘temporary control zone’ was introduced around the farm on 10 January 2016 while investigations continue and the birds at the centre of the scare are being culled, the statement says.

Restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure have been introduced as well as limits on bird gatherings within this zone.

Risk to human health is considered “very low” and there is no risk to food safety, according to Health Protection Scotland and Food Standards Scotland.

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The Pharmaceutical Journal, January 2016;Online:DOI:10.1211/PJ.2016.20200447