OFFICERS will be knocking on doors around Southbourne this weekend following an outbreak of bird flu.

Cases of Avian Influenza have been found at a premises in Castlemain Avenue in Southbourne.

The area is currently undergoing testing to find out more information about the strain.

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Trading Standards Officers from BCP Council are working alongside officers from the Government’s Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA).

Measures taken include a cull of the birds who pose a direct risk, as well as further investigation over the weekend into premises in the area who are breeding or keeping birds, BCP Council have confirmed.

A spokesperson said: "Please be advised that a 3km Temporary Control Zone has been constructed around an area centred on Castlemain Avenue at this time with regard to animal movements.

Bournemouth Echo:

"APHA and BCP Council officers will be knocking on doors in the zone from tomorrow to check for potential further cases. Please note that these officers will be carrying ID."

Peter Haikin, regulatory services manager said: “Avian Influenza predominantly affects only birds and is not considered to be an illness which poses a risk to the general public."

All bird keepers in Great Britain are now required by law to undergo certain biosecurity procedures following an outbreak of Avian Flu being declared to help prevent further spread.

To help prevent the spread of the virus cleanliness is an important defence, requiring clean footwear and regular cleaning of hard surfaces.

When feeding and watering your bird(s), you should ensure that these resources are enclosed in areas which wild birds cannot access.

In general, your birds should be kept away from wild birds and wild waterfowl with adequate fencing in outdoor areas.