RESTRICTIONS remain around a Crossgates farm which suffered an outbreak of bird flu last month.

A three kilometre protection zone was set up – as well as 10km surveillance zone after the strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was discovered at Woodlea Poultry Farm.

Restrictions have this week been lifted at premises near Ladybank where an outbreak was also detected.

Fife Council’s head of protective services Nigel Kerr said: "We welcome the news that following cleansing, disinfection and monitoring of this outbreak, restrictions have now been lifted in this area.

“However avian flu has not gone away. In Fife restrictions are still in place at a premises in Crossgates and we will continue to work closely with partners in APHA (Animal and Plant Health Agency), Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, and Fife NHS.

“When an outbreak of avian flu has been confirmed, there are strict national guidelines we have to follow when dealing with ill or dead birds.

"Disease control zones and restrictions are in place in Crossgates and we’re following all the national guidance and supporting APHA while this outbreak is dealt with. Road signs have been put up to show where restrictions are in place and these will remain until restrictions are lifted.

“The team from APHA have contacted bird keepers within the disease control zone providing advice.”

While bird flu remains an issue, it’s really important to follow this advice:

  • Don't pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
  • Keep pets/dogs away from any dead or sick birds
  • Don't feed wild waterfowl
  • Don't touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings
  • If you keep poultry or other birds, wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds

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