Mild form of bird flue found at Scottish poultry farm
A MILD form of bird flu has been found at a poultry farm in Fife.
Craigies Poultry Farm near Dunfermline has had a one-kilometre protection zone placed around it after a case of H5N1 avian influenza was identified among chickens.
Birds will be culled and poultry producers have been urged to be vigilant, but Scotland’s chief veterinary officer Sheila Voas described it as a “very mild strain” of bird flu.
The risk to human health in this case is considered “very low”, according to Health Protection Scotland.
Restrictions in the Fife control zone have been imposed, including on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure and restrictions on bird gatherings.
There have been a number of cases of bird flu in Europe in recent months, and there were three cases in the UK last year.
Ms Voas explained: “We are looking into possible sources of this infection in Scotland but it is normal for such viruses to circulate among wild bird populations, especially waterfowl.
“However, it is important that poultry keepers remain vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”
Rita Botto, head veterinarian of Food Standards Scotland added that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.