A new avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) has been put in place in parts of North Yorkshire in England.

From 8:00p.m yesterday (Sunday, November 21), the districts of Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire are legally required to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

“We have taken swift action to limit the risk from wild birds and have introduced a legal requirement for all poultry and captive bird keepers three districts in North Yorkshire to keep their birds housed and to implement enhanced biosecurity,” said chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss.

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“Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, from 8:00p.m today (Sunday, November 21) onwards you will be legally required to keep your birds indoors. We have not taken this decision lightly, but it is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.

”I urge all bird keepers to be vigilant and take all necessary steps to implement the highest standards of biosecurity.”