The official notice from Defra regarding the latest outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) is as follows:
“Please note that on 10 December 2019 the CVO confirmed a case of low pathogenic avian influenza H5 in a commercial chicken flock in Mid Suffolk. We have put in place a 1km Restriction Zone around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
“Specific information about the restrictions is set out in the Avian Influenza Restricted Zone declaration.
“The advice from Public Health England is that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
“Details of the zone can be found on the interactive map.”
The RPRA advises all members to ensure that they follow the biosecurity measures outlined in the Avian Influenza – Code of Practice for Racing Pigeons.
Please note that at this stage there are no plans to cancel the BHW Show of the Year 2020.
Update from Defra 08/01/20: “Please note that following the outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza H5N3 in a commercial chicken flock in Mid Suffolk on 10 December 2019, we have today lifted the 1km Restricted Zone. This follows from the required surveillance in the Restricted Zone being completed with negative results.”