Precautionary measures in place following Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) case
An isolated outbreak of Avian Influenza (or Bird Flu) has been confirmed in North Fambridge, Maldon. The outbreak is in birds and there are no cases in people.
This is the second outbreak of Avian Influenza in Essex in the past two weeks, however there is no evidence to suggest that that the two outbreaks are linked.
Health officials have visited the site and taken several actions including testing and cleansing.
Avian Influenza is a disease which mainly affects birds. On rare occasions, it can affect mammals including humans. Therefore, a number of precautionary measures are being put in place.
Officers will be visiting 965 houses and commercial properties within a 3km zone detailing actions that need to be undertaken and who to contact in the event of a suspected case.
Residents and businesses will need to notify Essex County Council of any poultry on their premises and to avoid moving poultry in and out of the 3km zone.
Avian Influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. However, anyone who is concerned should call NHS 111 or speak to their GP.
Pet owners with other animals do not usually need to take other action. If a person has concerns regarding their pet, they should contact their private veterinary surgeon.
The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, Avian Influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.