France now, possibly UK next?.
Like all these diseases, there can be no barriers. Defra are now requiring everyone who keeps more than fifty head of poultry and the like, to register with them. Someone with less than this amount still have chances of contacting this disease. The person with a dozen backyard chickens are just as responsible for notification to the authorities if they suspect something is wrong with their flock.But how many have the knowledge, as to what to look for, unless they contact a vet etc.
Some people in the UK are already getting paranoid, and are disposing of the feathered friends to the likes of animal rescue centres.