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Poultry farm nightmare as thousands of birds are culled

by 5m Editor
20 October 2006, at 10:50am

UK - More than 100 rare birds at a disease-hit game farm at Fenton Barns near Drem have been saved because they are considered globally endangered.

They will be kept in two quarantined sheds at the premises for 60 days under strict conditions and daily veterinary supervision.

The unique decision to save them follows an outbreak of Newcastle disease which led to a cull of 14,000 birds, mainly grey partridges, at Fenton Barns.

Cleansing and disinfection is taking place at the farm and a three kilometre protection zone will be lifted 21 days after this is completed, and the 10 kilometre surveillance zone nine days after as long as there are no other outbreaks.

Avian flu was ruled out at an early stage and the disease does not present a significant risk to human health. Restrictions on the movements of poultry, captive birds, racing pigeons and hatching eggs remain in place. Bird shows and other gatherings are banned.

Source: East Lotian Today

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