Avian flu confirmed in city

Published: Wednesday, 9th November 2022

Following tests after a recent bird death, we have been informed of confirmed avian influenza in geese at Trittiford Mill Park in the Yardley Wood area of the city.

People are being reminded to follow the advice that was issued by the council last week to minimise the risk to public health and any birds that they may keep themselves.

That advice can be found in a news article we published on November 2.

Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet Member for Environment at Birmingham City Council, said: “We know how serious this issue is from the outbreak that was experienced in Birmingham and many other areas earlier this year.

“As was the case back then, we are making sure advice and information is available to our staff operating in parks and for the public via our website and at our network of parks and open spaces, which are places that attract many people at all times of the year.

“People need to be cautious and the warnings we are putting out there will help visitors to our sites make the informed decisions that will keep them, their loved ones, their pets and other animals as safe as possible.”

“As appropriate, we will continue working with agencies such as Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the UK Heath Security Agency (UKHSA), the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)  and the RSPCA to ensure the response continues to be the right one, so this issue can be resolved as quickly as possible.”

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