As the UK faces its largest outbreak of avian flu, one park in Wales has been hit particularly hard. Since first identified, avian flu has killed over 30 birds at Roath Park Lake. While the virus poses a very low risk to people, Public Health Wales and Cardiff Council continue to advise the public not to hand-feed the birds.
They add that it “remains critical” not to touch sick or dead birds.
The disease, categorized was H5N1, was confirmed following tests on a greylag goose handed into park wardens on February 24.
Avian flu spreads from bird to bird by direct contact, or through contaminated body fluids and faeces.
It can also be spread by contaminated feed and water, or by dirty vehicles, clothing and footwear.
The UK is currently experiencing its largest ever outbreak of avian flu.
In December last year, the UK’s chief veterinary officer said there was a “phenomenal level” of avian flu in the UK.
Findings of avian flu in wild birds have also been confirmed recently at other locations in south Wales including Knap Lake in Barry.
Currently, there is no evidence that this strain can spread from person to person.
However, it remains critical that people do not touch sick or dead birds.
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Aimee Mahony, chief poultry adviser at the National Farmers’ Union, said the Government’s advice was that there was “still a high level of risk” to birds of catching flu.
She added: “This is an incredibly difficult time for all bird owners and vigilance remains vital.”