Facebook Twitter YouTube

Bird Flu Updates

New Cases in England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on 4 October 2022 in poultry at the following premises. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding each premises. All poultry on the infected premises will be humanely culled.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) was suspected on 4 October 2022 in poultry at the following premises. A 3km Temporary Control Zone A and 10km Temporary Control Zone B have been put in place surrounding each premises. All poultry on the infected premises will be humanely culled.

A Reminder of Responsibilities

  • Members who have lofts located within a 3km Protection Zone must keep their pigeons in the loft at all times.
  • Members who have lofts located within a 10km Surveillance Zone must keep their pigeons in the loft except for 1 hour per day when they can be let out for exercise only, i.e. training tosses and racing are not allowed.
  • Members who have lofts located within the newly designated Prevention Zones (currently (1) Cornwall, Devon, Isles of Scilly and part of Somerset and (2) Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex) must carry out the highest levels of biosecurity measures in their lofts but can still race.

Interactive Map

Fanciers can check where disease control zones are located in Britain and if they are in a zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map, and in Northern Ireland on DAERA’s interactive map. Keepers in the Devon area are in particular encouraged to check the interactive map as there are multiple overlapping zones.

For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones currently in force see:
England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england 
Waleshttps://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update
Scotlandhttps://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/ 
Northern Ireland: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/avian-influenza-ai

To receive immediate notification of new cases and updated zones in Britain, please sign up to the APHA’s Animal Disease alert subscription service further details can be found here.

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 164 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the UK:

  • England: 140 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • Scotland: 11 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • Wales: 7 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • Northern Ireland: 6 cases of HPAI H5N1 

This is the largest ever UK outbreak of avian influenza (prior to this the largest number of cases was 26 cases in 2020/2021 and 13 cases in 2016/2017).

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds; good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

Fanciers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

==============================

04/10/22: New Case in England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in non-commercial birds on 3 October at a premises near Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All birds on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

==============================

03/10/22: New Cases in England

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 1 October at a fourth premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 1 October at a third premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 1 October at a second premises near Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. Affected birds have been humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

================================

30/09/22: New Case in England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in poultry on 29 September at a premises near Lowestoft, East Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

================================

29/09/22: New Case in England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 28 September at a premises near Selby, North Yorkshire. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

================================

28/09/22: New Case in England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 27 September at a second premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

New Avian Influenza Protection Zone

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex as of noon on 27 September 2022. It is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their bird from bird flu. See further details here.

================================

25/09/22: New Cases in England

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 24 September 2022 at a premises near Hadleigh, Babergh, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 24 September 2022 at a premises near Poulton-le-Fylde, Wyre, Lancashire. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

===============================

23/09/22: New Cases in England

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 23 September 2022 at a premises near Northwold, King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 22 September 2022 at a premises near Easingwold, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 22 September 2022 at a second premises near Honington, West Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

================================

21/09/22: New Case in England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial ducks and mixed poultry on 20 September at a second premises near Dartington, South Hams, Devon. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

===============================

19/09/22: New Cases in England

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 19 September at a premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. Affected birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 19 September at a premises near Honington, West Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. Affected birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 18 September at a premises near Clacton on Sea, Tendring, Essex. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. Affected birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

==================================

17/09/22: New Case England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens on 17 September at a premises near Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. Affected birds will be humanely culled. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declaration.

==================================

16/09/22: New Case in England

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in chickens and other captive birds (non-poultry) on 16 September 2022 at a second premises near Crewe, Cheshire East, Cheshire, England. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been declared around the premises (zones in force from 09:45 on the 16 September 2022). Affected birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled.

Case Updates England

Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zones:

The 3km Protection Zone surrounding the following premises have been revoked and the area they comprised of merged with the 10km Surveillance Zone.

The 3km Captive Bird Monitoring Controlled Zones surrounding the following premises have been revoked:

The 10km Surveillance Zones surrounding the following premises have been revoked:

New Case in Wales

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 9 September 2022 at a premises near Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, Wales. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained by all keepers as good practice for the health and welfare of their birds. Good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

[Individual case updates before this date have been removed to keep the length of this article down. To see the latest active zones in England, refer to the the APHA’s interactive map.]

=================================

01/09/22: An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone came into force across Devon, Cornwall and parts of Somerset as of 12pm on 31st August, which means that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from bird flu. This does not include a requirement to house birds, however this is being kept under constant review. See full details on GOV.UK here

=================================

31/08/22: New guidance on mitigating the impact of avian influenza in wild birds

Defra and the Welsh Government have today set out practical guidance to support land managers, the public and ornithological and environmental organisations in their response to the growing threat of avian influenza to wild birds, working alongside government action to monitor the disease.

The Mitigation Strategy for Avian Influenza in Wild Birds in England and Wales sets out how these groups, together with the government and its delivery partners, can mitigate the impact of avian influenza on wild bird populations whilst protecting public health, the wider environment and the rural economy.

Landowners, local authorities and other organisations and members of the public can also download posters to display on their site when there is a risk of avian influenza or if avian influenza has been detected in the area.

===============================

17/08/22: Update – Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ)

=================================

05/08/22: Risk Levels Update

  • The risk of incursion of highly pathogenic (HPAI) avian influenza H5 in wild birds in Great Britain remains at medium.
  • The risk of poultry exposure to HPAI H5 in Great Britain has been reduced from medium (i.e. event occurs regularly) (with medium uncertainty) to low (i.e. event is rare but does occur) (with high uncertainty) where there are substantial biosecurity breaches and poor biosecurity and is maintained at low (i.e. event is rare but does occur) (with low uncertainty) where good biosecurity is applied.
  • The high uncertainty for poultry with poor biosecurity reflects the unprecedented events associated with avian influenza  in breeding populations of wild birds over the summer, and that there may well be further sporadic infected premises confirmed.
  • Further information on these risk levels and the evidence which supports them can be found in the APHA outbreak and risk assessments available on GOV.UK 

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed.