How is the UK responding to an AI (avian influenza) outbreak?
An AI outbreak occurs when the virus spreads among wild or domestic bird populations.
The UK, like many other countries, is susceptible to AI outbreaks due to its diverse bird populations and the presence of migratory birds that can carry the virus. Therefore, it is crucial to have effective measures in place to control and mitigate the spread of bird flu.
AI outbreak control measures
The UK government takes AI outbreaks seriously and has established a robust framework to respond to such situations.
Through surveillance, movement restrictions, enhanced biosecurity, culling, and public awareness campaigns, the government aims to control the spread of bird flu, protecting both animal and human health.
How can I protect myself during an avian bird flu outbreak?
It is crucial for the general public to be well-informed about the symptoms of bird flu and take prompt action in the event of an outbreak.
Common symptoms of the bird flu virus include:
- Washing your hands regularly with soap and water. This is especially important before and after handling raw poultry.
- Using an alcohol-based hand sanitiser if soap and water are not available.
- Using separate utensils for cooked and raw meat, and ensuring that meat is cooked thoroughly before consumption.
- Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Following an effective cleaning schedule and sanitising hard surfaces regularly with a quality disinfectant like Byotrol 4-in-1 multi-purpose cleaner.
- Avoiding close proximity to wild birds and their nests or droppings.
- Refraining from visiting live animal markets or poultry farms.