A dead seabird has tested positive for the lethal bird flu in Blackpool, prompting a warning to members of the public not to touch any unwell or dead birds, but immediately report it on the freephone number shared below. Dog owners are also urged to keep a very close eye on their pets while out walking near the coast.
Blackpool Council say that birds displaying symptoms have been spotted in Blackpool with one dead bird has tested positive for Avian influenza, also known as bird flu.
There have been reports of the disease across the country for months and Blackpool Council, although deeply concerned, has been clear in stating that the risk to public health is minimal.
A spokesperson for Blackpool Council said, ‘For a number of months there have been reports elsewhere in the country that Avian influenza is affecting seabirds. We have now witnessed some seabirds in Blackpool displaying symptoms and unfortunately one dead bird has tested positive for Avian influenza. The risk to public health is minimal but please avoid contact with wild birds. If you see an unwell or dead bird please DO NOT touch it. Please report immediately to: DEFRA Rural Services Helpline – 03000 200301 and Blackpool Council –https://bit.ly/BPLavian.’