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REGISTER YOUR BIRDS WITH COUNTY COUNCIL

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Somerset CC's animal health & welfare team urge residents to remain calm but vigilant after preliminary tests have ...
Somerset CC's animal health & welfare team urge residents to remain calm but vigilant after preliminary tests have found highly pathogenic H5 avian flu in a sample from a swan found dead in Fife, Scotland.

The exact strain of the virus is not yet known. Tests are continuing and a further result is expected tomorrow.

Eirian Williams, team leader animal health at Somerset CC said: 'If residents find any dead swans, more than three dead birds of the same species or more than five dead birds of different species in the same location, please contact the Department of the Environment Farming & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) helpline on 08459 335577. We do have a contingency plan in case there is an outbreak in Somerset and are working closely with DEFRA and other partners across the county.'

Jim Mochnacz, Somerset CC's portfolio holder for community safety said: 'DEFRA has introduced legislation that requires all keepers of poultry with more than 50 birds kept for commercial purposes to register their flocks with them. However, we would also ask that anyone that keeps fewer than 50 birds to let us know. Please telephone the animal health & welfare team on 01823 660050.'

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