#UK Paignton Zoo told to cull pelicans and peafowls that have bird flu after closing to stem outbreak #UKnews
Paignton Zoo told to cull pelicans and peafowls that have caught bird flu and will quarantine different animals after closing to guests to strive and stem outbreak
- Paignton Zoo confirmed a optimistic case of avian flu in a pelican and peafowl
- The zoo in Devon will stay closed to guests till Monday September 5
- Officials from the Animal and Plant Agency (APHA) are assessing the outbreak
Heartbroken zookeepers have been told birds affected by avian flu might be culled because the zoo closes to strive and stem the outbreak.
Bosses at Paignton Zoo in Devon confirmed they have had a optimistic case of avian influenza in each a pelican and peafowl, with some birds on web site having to be quarantined and the zoo remaining shut till Monday.
Devon and Cornwall and a part of Somerset are beneath particular management measures from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
Officials are assessing the extent of the outbreak earlier than figuring out the following plan of action because the zoo says their precedence is to ‘defend their birds’.
Paignton Zoo, Devon, will stay closed to guests till Monday September 5 after confirmed instances of avian influenza in a pelican and peafowl
The zoo mentioned anybody who had booked a go to might be notified and refunds might be processed as quickly as potential
They are at present ready for clarification from the Animal and Plant Agency (APHA) on which species are thought-about to be immediately affected
A spokesperson for Paignton Zoo mentioned: ‘Following our latest announcement of a optimistic case of avian influenza in certainly one of our pelicans, it has been confirmed at this time by APHA that we have a optimistic case in certainly one of our peafowl.
‘Throughout this extremely troublesome interval we have been working intently with officers from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) as they assess the extent of the outbreak and decide their subsequent plan of action.
‘Our mission at Wild Planet Trust is to defend at-risk species and we firmly maintain onto our perception that each species is essential.
‘Despite the persevering with exhausting work by all of our employees to minimise the affect of this illness upon our animals, we have been knowledgeable by DEFRA that affected animals might be humanely culled.
‘This motion might be undertaken by employees from DEFRA.
‘We are at present ready for clarification from APHA on which species they take into account to be immediately affected and we anticipate being knowledgeable imminently.
‘Once we have obtained this data we’ll adjust to APHA necessities.
‘This is heart-breaking information for all of us right here at Paignton Zoo and our precedence presently stays to do all we will to defend our birds.’
The assertion mentioned the zoo will proceed to implement biosecurity measures and quarantine plans which embrace relocating birds to new quarantine amenities on-site.
Bosses on the zoo mentioned the information that affected animals might be culled was ‘heartbreaking’ and mentioned the motion can be humanely undertaken by employees on the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Bird flu – and the way it spreads
Bird flu, in any other case often known as avian flu, is an infectious kind of influenza that can unfold amongst birds – and in uncommon instances can have an effect on people.
Many totally different strains of bird flu virus exist, most of which don’t infect people.
But 4 strains have brought about concern in recent times.
H5N1, H7N9 and H5N6 don’t infect individuals simply and will not be normally unfold from human to human, however a number of individuals all over the world have been contaminated, which has led to numerous deaths, in accordance to the NHS.
In February 2021 the pressure H5N8 contaminated a small variety of individuals for the primary time, in Russia.
Just 860 individuals have been contaminated with H5N1 globally since 2003 from 18 international locations. The danger to individuals has been deemed ‘low’.
But persons are strongly urged not to contact sick or useless birds as a result of the virus is deadly, killing 53 per cent of individuals it does handle to infect.
Bird flu is unfold by shut contact with an contaminated bird – whether or not useless or alive.
This can embrace touching contaminated birds or their droppings, or making ready contaminated birds for cooking functions.
People are additionally suggested to keep away from visiting markets the place stay birds are offered as these is usually a supply of avian flu.
Bird flu cannot be caught by means of consuming absolutely cooked poultry or eggs.
Paignton Zoo will stay closed to guests till no less than Sunday September 4, with hopes of reopening on Monday September 5.
Anyone who has booked a go to might be notified and refunds might be processed as quickly as potential, the zoo confirmed.
‘We would love to thank all of our unbelievable workforce who proceed to go above and past to safeguard the well being and welfare of our animals throughout these difficult occasions,’ their assertion added.
‘We would additionally like to thank everybody for his or her continued understanding and help.’
MailOnline has reached out to Paignton Zoo and DEFRA for additional remark.