TWO more cases of avian flu have been reported in Bury, according to experts.

The contagious H5N1 virus, deadly to birds, have been confirmed by the agency, in a Canada goose and a swan.

This follows the confirmation of a case involving a great crested grebe, which was found in Bury last week and the discovery of several outbreaks across the country in recent weeks.

A number of dead geese were found at the Lido in Bury's Clarence Park.

But these have not yet been officially confirmed as avian flu cases.

Lesley Jones, Bury Council’s public health director, said: ““I want to reassure residents that the risk to public health from avian flu is very low.

“However, it is important people do not pick up any sick or dead birds to avoid spreading the virus, which can affect humans in rare cases.

“If you do find any dead swans, geese or ducks or other dead wild birds while out and about, please report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

“I would also urge bird keepers to be vigilant for any signs of disease and report any suspected cases to their nearest Animal and Plant Health Agency.”

In a joint statement issued this week, the UK’s four chief veterinary officers said: “We have taken swift action to limit the spread of the disease and are now planning to introduce a legal requirement for all poultry and captive bird keepers to keep their birds housed or otherwise separate from wild birds."

An order was then made that from Monday to all bird keepers that they must be kept indoors and away from wild birds.

The four officers added: "We have not taken this decision lightly, taking this action now is the best way to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease.”

Since November 3, Defra have enforced an Avian Influenza Zone (AIPZ), since a strain of the virus was found in Warwickshire.