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BREAKING: Bird flu "outbreak" confirmed in Salford Quays

IMAGE: Wild Geese at Salford Quays, MediaCityUK (George Icke/Shock Radio)

Visitors to Salford Quays are being urged to keep away from birds after an "avian Flu outbreak" has been confirmed in the area.

The government's advice for visitors to areas where waterfowl and wild birds gather is to keep to footpaths, keep dogs on leads, not to feed wild waterfowl, and not to pick up or touch sick or dead birds or discarded bird feathers.

Dead swans, geese, ducks, gulls, or birds of prey can be reported to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs helpline on 03459 335577.

Councillor Barbara Bentham said: “This is very sad news but the UK is currently facing its largest ever outbreak of avian flu with hundreds of cases reported up and down the country.

"Avian flu is now rampant in wild birds and spreads quickly and easily. It has nothing to do with water quality or the environment and poses a low risk to humans.

“We are following government advice and putting up advice signs at the Quays and will continue to monitor the situation. Water sports activities will continue but anyone using the water is advised to keep well away from wild birds."


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