Avian Influenza Risk (Bird Flu, H5N8)
1 May 2017
Following the recent Government announcement regarding Avian Flu in Europe, and the declaration of a Prevention Zone, keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds. Evans Vanodine has several approved disinfectants for use in the control of Avian Influenza.
The disinfectant dilution rates below are recommended following the results of tests carried out using our disinfectants against various Avian Influenza strains. The dilution rates are also the same as the DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Approved Poultry Order dilution rates for these disinfectants, which DEFRA recommend using.
FAM 30 - Dilution Rate 1:100
GPC8 - Dilution Rate 1:50
Vanodox Formula - Dilution Rate 1:145
Entry control and Biosecurity measures should be employed, taking particular care in ensuring that cleaning and disinfection programmes are followed thoroughly.
We recommend the use of SHIFT (power wash liquid), TARGET (foam cleaner) and TARGET POWERGEL (foam gel cleaner) for the cleaning of surfaces before disinfection.
Farm workers need to pay special attention to Biosecurity. They should clean and disinfect clothing, footwear and vehicles and use foot and wheel dips containing an approved disinfectant (See DEFRA web site for more Biosecurity advice).
The Department of Health also recommends the maintenance of good basic hygiene, such as frequent hand washing followed by hand disinfection with an alcohol hand rub (e.g.Evans HANDSAN), to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to your face, or to other people. The frequent cleaning of hard surfaces (e.g. worktops and door handles) to avoid possible human transmission is also recommended.
Public Health England (PHE) advises that the threat to human health remains very low.
You can find further information on the Government and BBC News websites.