Government scientists have confirmed the presence of a strain of avian influenza (H5) in chickens at a farm near Dunfirmline, Fife.

Poultry keepers in the Dunfirmline area have been urged to be vigilant for any signs of avian influenza. Image: Peeranat Thongyotee / Fotolia

All the birds are being culled and a one kilometre temporary control and containment zone has been put in place around the farm.


Movement of all poultry, carcasses, eggs and used poultry litter in the control zone has been banned and restrictions placed on bird gatherings.

Tests are continuing, but, at this stage, officials stated they believe it is a “low pathogenic strain”. According to Health Protection Scotland the risk to human health is “very low”.

Robust procedures

Scotland’s chief veterinary officer, Sheila Voas, said: “We have taken immediate action to contain this case as part of our robust procedures for dealing swiftly with avian flu.

“Evidence suggests this is a low severity form of the virus; however, we are taking action to ensure the disease does not spread or develop into a more severe form.

“I would urge poultry keepers in the surrounding area to be vigilant for any signs of disease and to ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.”

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