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BIRD FLU IS 'UNCHARTED TERRITORY' FOR COUNCILS, SAYS LGA CHIEF

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While local authorities and the government have plans in place to deal with an outbreak of bird flu, this is 'uncha...
While local authorities and the government have plans in place to deal with an outbreak of bird flu, this is 'uncharted territory', Sir Sandy Bruce-Lockhart, chairman of the Local Government Association, said this morning.

'This is not like foot and mouth, which had been here before,' he told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.

If there is an outbreak, councils will have a major role, Sir Sandy explained. 'The local authority has to put in place and enforce movement, or borders. If poultry are to be kept indoors they have to enforce that.

'If it moves to a slaughter policy or a vaccination policy, they will support it but it is the state veterinary service which comes in then.'

Local authorities are also involved in looking for signs of the disease, he said: 'Country park rangers have had the elementary training in what to spot.'

LGA statement COUNCILS ON GUARD AGAINST BIRD FLU

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