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Regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone requires birds to be kept inside


A Regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, declared by the Government, came into force on Wednesday 12 October 2022.

The law now requires bird-keepers in some areas of Essex, including Braintree, to keep poultry and pet birds indoors. The Prevention Zone will now be in place until it is lifted by a statement from Defra.

Avian Influenza is mostly a disease which affects birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. More details around symptoms of bird flu and how to prevent it can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/bird-flu/?fbclid=IwAR1wGrVbBU6kMXilmGej3tRehqbr1azBNTWP6B0vM5BpzeGTrtKRZkZ5kG4&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery.

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