PBMS Avian Flu surveillance work extended into winter

The Predatory Bird Monitoring Scheme has agreed with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) to continue to supply swabs from carcases received by the PBMS for APHA’s surveillance effort for avian influenza (AI).

To date the PBMS has supplied swab samples from over 200 birds received by the scheme since January 2017. You can download the latest reports from the surveillance work from https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu-in-europe

Lee Walker, coordinator for the PBMS, comments “Although the latest reports from APHA have indicated that the UK is currently free from the H5N8 strain of avian influenza, autumn and winter are the time of year when over-wintering species can potentially introduce diseases into the UK. Therefore we are happy to continue to submit samples to APHA for their surveillance work.”

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