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The threat from avian influenza has grown in Lewis with a new Protection Zone and Surveillance Zone centred around premises in Lower Barvas.

The Scottish Government confirmed last night (Tuesday August 22) the outbreak of "Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza."

This follows an outbreak affecting Point which has led to a major clampdown in eastern Lewis. 

The official statement says: "The Chief Veterinary Officer (Scotland) has formed the opinion that highly pathogenic avian influenza exists, or has in the previous 56 days existed, on premises and has informed the Scottish Ministers of that conclusion. 

"In accordance with article 19 of the Avian Influenza and Influenza of Avian Origin in Mammals (Scotland) Order 2006, the Scottish Ministers confirm the existence of highly pathogenic avian influenza" 

New restrictions are in operation and failure to comply with this Declaration may be an offence under section 72 or 73 of the Animal Health Act 1981.

Copies of this Declaration and of the Order are available at www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza  and from the Scottish Government Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate, Saughton House, Broomhouse Drive, Edinburgh, EH11 3XD.

The Protection Zone is contained within a circle with a radius of 3 kilometres, centred on grid reference NB3607549955. The Protection Zone is the area within the smaller circle on the map.

Measures applicable in the Protection Zone:

1.  The occupier of any premises must make a record of–

(a) the name and address of any person visiting the premises (unless the visit is only to a part of the premises where people live and where no poultry or other captive birds are kept);

(b) the date of the visit;

(c) whether the person had any contact with poultry or other captive birds on the premises.

2.  The occupier of any such premises must keep a record of all poultry entering or leaving those premises.

3.  Every person who is engaged in the transport or marketing of poultry or poultry eggs must keep a record of all poultry and poultry eggs transported or marketed by that person.

4.  The records referred to in paragraphs 2 and 3 must include–

(a) the quantity and description (including species of poultry and type of egg) transported or marketed;

(b) in the case of movement from premises–

              (i) the date of the movement off the premises;

              (ii) the premises of destination (if known);

              (iii) the name and address of the person to whom ownership or possession is being or has been transferred;

(c) in the case of movement onto premises–

              (i) the date of the movement on to the premises;

              (ii) the premises from which the movement originated (if known);

              (iii) the name and address of the person from whom ownership or possession is being or has been transferred;

(d) in the case of marketing without an associated movement, the name and address of the person to whom and the date on which ownership was transferred;

(e) the identity and address of any such person.