At the time of writing (early November 2022) the spread of Avian Influenza (AI) continues to spread in the UK despite the government attempting to contain the disease in birds. As of November 7th, 2022 the government’s response escalates to containment of flocks indoors, a measure reflecting the threat posed by the highly contagious AI virus to wild birds and poultry.
Whilst the risk to bird populations is clear Public Health England have stated that the risk to human health from AI is “very low” as transmission of the disease from birds to humans is rare. Food standards agencies have confirmed that consumption of poultry products presents no hazard to the public.
Flock containment is one aspect of a series of biosecurity measures at the disposal of the government and the poultry industry. The scope of biosecurity includes good management, maintenance and disinfection procedures of bird containing environments, so effective antiviral products are a key component of reducing the risk of AI transmission between birds. Over the last 30 years Coventry Chemicals Ltd. has developed a range of highly efficacious cleaning and disinfection products intended to be used for the routine and emergency disinfection of all types of poultry housing and related facilities.