Urgent warning as highly contagious virus found in Leeds park

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People have been asked not to pick up dead or sick birds in a Leeds park after confirmed cases of bird flu.

A notice has been put up in Golden Acre Park, in Bramhope, informing dog walkers of the virus.

It urges people to stick to the designated footpaths and not to pick up “any dead or visibly sick birds that you find”.

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Avian flu, also known as bird flu, is an infectious type of influenza that spreads among birds.

The NHS states that the flu rarely affects humans, however, it can spread through close contact with an infected bird.

The notice erect in the park states: “Confirmed cases of Avian Flu at Golden Acre Lake and Pauls Pond.

“Visitors should avoid contact with all avian species, bird feathers and bird waste.

“Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

“Keep your dog on a lead around the lake and ponds, and do not allow your dog into any of the water courses.

“Avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with bird faeces.

“Keep to designated footpaths.”

People who find dead swans, geese or ducks, and other dead wild birds are asked to contact Defra helpline on 03459 335577 and sick birds should be reported to the RSPCA on 03001 2349999

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