A sixth swan has tested positive for H5N1 in southern England
A sixth swan has tested positive for H5N1 in southern England.
Defra has confirmed that the mute swan, collected on 21 January as part of wild bird surveillance in Dorset, has tested positive for highly pathogenic Avian Influenza.
The department said: ‘This is not unexpected, and our enhanced surveillance of wild birds in the area is continuing including active patrols to look for dead wild birds.’
Defra added: ‘There is currently no evidence to suggest widespread disease in the wild bird population, but poultry keepers in the area are reminded to remain vigilant and report any signs of disease immediately.’
There remains no evidence of disease in domestic birds, said Defra.