Alderney has been put on poultry lockdown after bird flu was detected in a "back yard flock of chickens" which have now been destroyed.
The decision to declare the island an 'Infected Area' and ban the movement of domestic birds in and out of the island was made yesterday to protect farm flocks, wild birds and birds of prey.
The island is particularly concerned about its gannet colonies, which make up about 2% of the world's population. Gannets and gulls are already being affected in large numbers.
"Avian Influenza is primarily a disease affecting birds and therefore the health risk to the general public is very low," Chair of the island's General Services Committee, Boyd Kelly, said.
"However, we want to protect our domestic flocks as well as do our best for our amazing wildlife. The action we have taken is important but it plays second fiddle to the helpful co-operation we have experienced with poultry owners and the general public."
Pictured: The GSC has issued a Notice of Serious Threat to Animal Health, after an outbreak of bird flu was discovered in the island.
Bird owners in Alderney are being asked to contact the States Vet immediately if they suspect one of their birds is infected.
"Slaughter of flocks where disease is suspected or confirmed will be undertaken by a team from Public Works under the supervision of the States Veterinary Officer," said a spokesperson from the States of Alderney.
"Owners should take measures to prevent wild birds having contact with their poultry, must not move spent poultry litter off their holdings, avoid contact with poultry on other holdings and keep a diary of all movements onto or off their property where people, pets or livestock have come into contact with their poultry.
"Flocks must not be allowed to roam because of the high risk that they will spread infection to other birds. Any flocks that are not contained will be considered to be feral and may be trapped, culled and disposed of."
Anyone who suspects their birds are infected is asked to contact the States Vet on 221161 or via firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who come across any sick or dead birds in Alderney should call Public Works on 820080.
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