Symptoms of bird flu: Signs of avian illness as the disease spreads across the United Kingdom
Following the first case of the virus in humans in the UK following a major new outbreak, here are some of the most common bird flu symptoms.
The government is introducing new measures to help stem the spread of the disease.
The coronavirus pandemic has engulfed the entire world over the last two years.
However, in a major new outbreak in the South West of England, the first case of human infection with bird flu was reported this week.
The virus is usually found in birds, but it can also infect humans, according to the Daily Mirror. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has set up a prevention zone to prevent avian flu from spreading in the UK.
The news follows reports of cases among wild birds in the United Kingdom.
Following an outbreak of avian flu in November, a flock of chickens near Dundee, Scotland, was culled.
Cases had been discovered in both wild birds and poultry in Wrexham, North Wales, and a case had been discovered in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, a few days prior.
“Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat,” the government claims.
Humans are susceptible to bird flu, which is a type of influenza.
Bird flu can be transmitted to humans by touching infected birds, touching their droppings or bedding, or killing or cooking infected birds, according to the NHS.
If you think you have bird flu, the NHS says the following symptoms are common:
Other signs and symptoms include:
All bird keepers will be required to follow strict bio security measures as part of the Defra’s new protection zone to help prevent the disease from spreading to their flocks.
Larger flock owners will be forced to restrict access to their enclosures to only essential staff, who will be required to change their clothes when entering starting Wednesday.
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Other measures are being implemented, such as disinfecting site vehicles and removing wild bird feeds that are close to enclosures.
“Whether you keep a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to introduce higher biosecurity,” the chief veterinary officers of England, Scotland, and Wales said.
The news is summarized by Brinkwire.