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|Surveillance checks for bird flu
||Surveillance checks for bird flu
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|New tactics are being adopted in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of bird flu in Britain.||New tactics are being adopted in an attempt to prevent an outbreak of bird flu in Britain.|
A surveillance operation to check for infected wild birds will concentrate on areas favoured by migrating water fowl.
The zones include the northern and West Midlands, the south coast, parts of the West Country, Anglesey, eastern Scotland and much of East Anglia.
|The operation will also focus on poultry farms which could be at risk from the H5N1 bird flu virus.||The operation will also focus on poultry farms which could be at risk from the H5N1 bird flu virus.|
BBC rural affairs correspondent Tom Heap says the public are still being encouraged to report dead water birds.
Britain's deputy chief vet Fred Landeg expressed concerns in August over bird flu being passed to farm birds by migrating birds.
Earlier this year thousands of birds were culled after a bird flu strain was discovered on three farms in Norfolk.
The RSPB has said people should be vigilant but not "unduly concerned" about bird flu carried by wild birds.