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Restrictions in Place for at Least Three Weeks

by 5m Editor
18 January 2008, at 10:22am

UK - Restrictions on poultry farms will be in place in the area around the outbreak until mid-February at least.

Wild Bird Control and Monitoring Areas, stretching about 20km including Chesil Beach, the popular tourist location where the swannery is situated, the Portland Bill headland and Weymouth were set up when disease was confirmed last Thursday.

The boundaries, which stretch beyond the minimum 3km and 10km requirements, took into account local bird reserves and the presence of wild bird populations.

Bird keepers inside the Control and Monitoring Areas are required to house their birds or otherwise isolate them from contact with wild birds. Bird movements are restricted and bird gatherings are banned, although Defra was this week considering issuing licences for some movements.

Source: FarmersGuardian

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