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AI zone lifted in Norfolk

Date Published: 13/03/2007

Defra has removed the Surveillance Zone and Restricted Zone measures imposed after the Suffolk bird flu outbreak.

Specific restrictions previously in place within the zones, including movement restrictions and the ban on bird gatherings, have now been lifted.

Chief Veterinary Officer Debby Reynolds said: “Although this marks the end of our active disease control measures in the affected area, there is still much work to be done. We will continue to investigate the source of the virus introduction and endeavour to learn from this outbreak to help us prevent and manage similar situations in the future. Bird keepers should continue to practice good biosecurity and remain vigilant for signs
of disease.”

Minister for Animal Health Ben Bradshaw said: “The fact that we have no evidence of this disease spreading outside of the infected premises is a testament to our emergency response planning and implementation. I
would like to pay tribute to the dedication and professionalism of all of the public servants who have been involved.”

On 3 February three zones were declared around the Infected Premises to reduce the spread of disease.

These were the Protection Zone (3km), the Surveillance Zone (10km) and a Restricted Zone, encompassing wider areas of Suffolk and Norfolk.