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Avian Flu April 2017

Requirements to house poultry in high risk areas have been revised. 

All poultry in England are to be allowed outside from Thursday 13 April, following updated evidence on the risk posed by wild birds. 

For more information via the DEFRA website click here.

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Schmallenberg Virus

Schmallenberg virus (SBV) made headlines in 2011 when this new virus was first identified, and it appears that the disease may be re-emerging.  Whilst it can cause milk drop and fever, its most profound effects are on the unborn foetus as it damages the brain and spinal cord and causes deformity of the legs, spine and head.

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Rabbits and RHD - New Strain

There are now TWO strains of Rabbit Haemorrhagic Disease in the UK. Also known as Rabbit Calicivirus Disease (RCD) or Viral Haemorrhagic Disease (VHD), RHD is caused by a virus that infects rabbits throughout the UK & Europe. As well as being transmitted by direct contact between rabbits, it can spread through the air when rabbits are in close proximity, or via clothing etc. The disease is extremely serious, causing high fever and internal bleeding.

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