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Avian Influenza Update

19th October 2022 – The Swan Sanctuary
On the 17th October DEFRA implemented an Avian influenza prevention zone across the whole of the UK.
Bio-security measures have been put in place to help prevent the spread of Avian Flu.
The Sanctuary will be continuing to offer advice and attend rescues and assessing them on a case by case situation. Where possible we will be treating them in situ.
With winter rapidly approaching swans and other water birds are becoming more and more vulnerable so please do keep feeding them!
We’d like to thank all of our supporters, colleagues and teams for all there help in these trying times.

What is Avian flu and how can I help?

High Pathology Avian Flu (H5N1) is a highly infectious virus that effects birds. The main symptoms are neurological birds often start spinning in circles and become very lethargic.
To help prevent the spread if you find any dead birds call DEFRA ( 03459 33 55 77 ) and your local council, to have the bodies removed as soon as possible. Other advice is available on the DEFRA website by following this link

Can I catch Avian flu?

It is highly unlikely for a human to contract Avian Flu, but we do recommend that you avoid touching any wild bird. Should you come in to contact with one do wash your hands thoroughly.

What is the Sanctuary doing to protect its patients?

We have policies and procedures in place to help keep our site safe, this includes only allowing essential staff on site and not admitting birds from areas we suspect have been effected.

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