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Warning to dog owners as more bird influenza cases validated in Nottinghamshire


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Further bird influenza cases have actually been validated in Nottinghamshire, with the latest cases being found in Thurgarton, near Southwell. The latest cases were found in 3 black-headed gulls, following 5 validated cases in wild birds that were discovered near the River Idle in Newington previously in May.

Now members of the general public are being advised not to touch any dead or ill birds, or permit their family pets near them. UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) recommends that although the threat to human health from the infection is low, individuals can capture bird influenza through direct contact with a live or dead bird bring the infection, or through direct contact with bird faeces from a bird bring the infection.

Therefore, it is crucial that anybody identifying any ill or dead birds does not touch them which they get in touch with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Councillor John Cottee, Cabinet Member for Communities at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The discovery of dead birds is constantly disturbing and the news that they have actually checked positive for bird influenza will undoubtedly be of issue to citizens and visitors, nevertheless, the threat of the illness moving from birds to people is thought about to be extremely low.

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“That said, it is very important that individuals do not touch any ill or dead birds and I would likewise advise individuals not to feed any swans and geese, especially around Thurgarton and the River Idle in Newington, as feeding motivates them to gather which increases the threat of the illness dispersing.

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“As well as issuing an appeal for the public not to touch or move dead birds, I am also asking dog owners to keep their pets away from them.”

Nottinghamshire County Council has actually likewise worried that people cannot capture bird influenza through air-borne particles. Food requirements bodies likewise recommend that bird influenzas posture an extremely low food safety threat for UK customers.

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