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LANCASHIRE COUNTY COUNTY COUNCIL ISSUE STATEMENT ABOUT BIRD FLU 👇

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A Control Zone has been declared.

From Lancashire County Council – A case of Avian Influenza (also known as Bird Flu) has been confirmed at a premises in Salwick, near Preston.

Avian Influenza is a disease which mainly affects birds, but on rare occasions, it can affect mammals including people.

Consequently, a number of precautionary measures are being put in place.

The response is being led by the county council Fylde Council, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Animal and Plant Health Agency and the UK Health Security Agency.

Dr Sakthi Karunanithi, Director of Public Health and Wellbeing for the county council, said: “I want to reassure residents that the risk to public health from avian flu is very low.

“However, it is important that people do not pick up any sick or dead birds to avoid spreading the virus, which can affect humans in rare cases.”

A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone has been declared around the premises.

Temporary road signs will make people aware as they arrive and leave this zone. This control zone restricts access to locations where birds are kept and restrictions on the movement of birds.

Find out more in our news release: https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/news/details/?Id=PR21/0286

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