Bird cull to take place after more avian flu cases confirmed

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A three-kilometre monitoring zone has been established after cases of avian flu were detected among captive birds in Sussex
A three-kilometre monitoring zone has been established after cases of avian flu were detected among captive birds in Sussex

MORE birds will be culled and a monitoring zone has been established after avian flu was detected at another location in Sussex.

Bird flu was confirmed by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) among captive birds at a premises near Guestling Green, Rother, with all exposed birds at the site to be humanely culled.

Latest data of confirmed cases among wild birds also confirmed that 23 cases of bird flu were detected among herring gulls in the Rother area last week.

The Argus: A map of the monitoring zone set up around Guestling Green in Sussex
The Argus: A map of the monitoring zone set up around Guestling Green in Sussex

A map of the monitoring zone set up around Guestling Green in Sussex

A three-kilometre Captive Bird Monitoring Zone has been put in place around the premises, which includes Ore, Fairlight Cove and Cliff End.

Part of the zone intersects with a ten-kilometre surveillance zone, set up after bird flu was detected in north Bexhill last week.

The news comes after cases of avian flu was also detected among wild birds in Brighton and Hove.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “We are keeping a close eye on the avian flu outbreak and working with agencies across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to manage the situation.”

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) is in force across Great Britain until further notice, with all bird keepers urged to take “effective and precautionary biosecurity measures”.

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