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Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza

The cause of death of three mute swans found in Clackmannanshire in December 2020 has been confirmed as Avian Flu. The risk to human health is extremely low, however we understand that this will cause concern for local people.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is leading on this and cases have been found in five areas across Scotland. Local poultry farms have been advised and appropriate measures are being taken by them.

The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza in both wild and captive birds in the UK.

The new housing measures, which came into force in December 2020, mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

For further information please refer to the GOV.UK website.

Reporting advice

If you find one or more dead swans or wild fowl (ducks and geese), more than 3 dead birds of the same species or more than 5 dead birds of different species, in the same place, please do not contact Clackmannanshire Council. Instead, you should contact the Defra helpline:

  • 08459 33 55 77 (select option 7)

It is essential the Defra specialists speak directly with you to obtain as much information as possible to ensure the appropriate response to the call.

Advice for keepers of poultry and captive birds

Further information for poultry keepers on biosecurity and protecting their birds can be found by following the link to the document, published jointly by the Scottish Government, Defra, and the Welsh Government.

The Scottish Government also has a very informative Avian Influenza web page.

For Further Information Contact

Emergency & Resilience
Kilncraigs, Greenside Street, Alloa, FK10 1EB
Tel: 01259 452537 / 450000