'Take action to avert bird flu’ – residents and farmers told

22/10/2019, PR-9208

Wakefield city centre

​People in the Wakefield district who keep poultry and game birds are being asked to act now to avoid the risk of avian flu infecting their birds over the winter.

Cllr Maureen Cummings
Cllr Maureen Cummings

While there are no known cases of bird flu in the UK, the winter is a time when birds can be particularly susceptible should it arrive and taking measures now can prevent it spreading.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued guidance on what owners can do to protect their birds.

Welcoming the DEFRA guidance, Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: “It’s very important that all bird keepers in our district are aware of the risks of avian flu and know what steps to take. So please take time to read the guidance and put the advice into action.”

While there are no known cases of bird flu in the UK, the winter is a time when birds can be particularly susceptible should it arrive and taking measures now can prevent it spreading.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has issued guidance on what owners can do to protect their birds.

Welcoming the DEFRA guidance, Cllr Maureen Cummings, Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities at Wakefield Council, said: “It’s very important that all bird keepers in our district are aware of the risks of avian flu and know what steps to take. So please take time to read the guidance and put the advice into action.”