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Bird Flu Updates

Updated Biosecurity Guidance

  • Updated biosecurity guidance and a biosecurity self-assessment checklist have been published.
  • These documents include details of biosecurity best practice and further guidance on measures that bird keepers must take in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) currently in force, in addition to key guidance on how to prepare for when mandatory housing measures come into force across the UK on the 29 November 2021.
  • See our biosecurity advice on GOV.UK for further information.

New Cases in England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at the following premises, further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain in each of the cases. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around each of the premises:
       → third premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
       → near Poulton le Flyde, Wyre, Lancashire
  • Further testing has confirmed that the avian influenza strain in birds at the premises near Barrow upon Soar, Charnwood, Leicestershire as highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N1). Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone around the premises.
  • For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding the premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-englandThis is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.

New Cases in Wales

  • Avian Influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Gaerwen, Isle of Anglesey, Wales.
  • Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around the premises.
  • See the Welsh Government Website for further information https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update
To receive immediate notification of new cases and updated zones please sign up to the APHA’s Animal Disease alert subscription service further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apha-alert-subscription-service

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 21 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:
  • 18 are in England: 16 cases of HPAI H5N1 and 2 cases of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending)
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 2 are in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1 and 1 cases of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending)
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021 and in Northern Ireland effective from 17 November 2021. Additional Housing measures are currently in force in the Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire districts of North Yorkshire, and will be in force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021. See GOV.UK for further information.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that 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.
 
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

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Update 25/11/21: Bird flu – Latest situation: UK-wide housing measures introduced to protect poultry and captive birds against avian flu

  • The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds. The new housing measures will come into force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021 to protect poultry and captive birds from avian influenza following a number of confirmed cases across Great Britain in recent weeks.
  • The new housing measures, which will be in addition to the current AIPZ requirements, will come into force at 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021, and will mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.
  • An AIPZ including housing measure has been in force in the districts of Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire in North Yorkshire, England since 20:30 on the 21 November 2021. From 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021 equivalent measures will apply across the whole of the UK.
  • Separate AIPZ declarations are issued in each UK administration see the relevant administrations website below for further information and biosecurity advice on how to prepare for when these mandatory housing measures come into force across the UK on the 29 November 2021.

Changes to Risk Levels

  • The risk of incursion of highly pathogenic (HPAI) avian influenza H5 in wild birds has increased from high (event occurs often) to very high (with low uncertainty) for England and high (with high uncertainty) for Wales and Scotland for wild birds.
  • The risk of poultry exposure to HPAI H5 across Great Britain has changed from medium (with medium uncertainty) to medium (with low uncertainty) where good biosecurity is applied, but has increased to high (with low uncertainty) where there are substantial biosecurity breaches and poor biosecurity. If, however, stringent biosecurity is in place the risk would be low for these premise.
  • Further details on the evidence which supported these decisions can be found in Defra and the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) risk assessments available on GOV.UK

Update – Premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire</dh4

  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place on the 22 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced on the 24 November 2021 by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises.

Update – First Premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire

  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place on the 21 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced on the 24 November 2021 by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises.

Update – Second Premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire

  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place on the 22 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced on the 24 November 2021 by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises.
Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
 
For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding the premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england.
This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.
 
To receive immediate notification of new cases and updated zones please sign up to the APHA’s Animal Disease alert subscription service further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apha-alert-subscription-service

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 17 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:
  • 15 are in England: 15 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 202 1 and in Northern Ireland effective from 17 November 2021. Additional Housing measures are currently in force in the Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire districts of North Yorkshire, and will be in force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021. See GOV.UK for further information.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that 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.
 
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

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Update 24/11/21: New Case – Premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire

  • Avian influenza found in birds at a second premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire has been confirmed as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding the premises.

New Case – Premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire

  • Avian influenza found in birds at a second premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire has been confirmed as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding the premises.

Update – Premises near Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk, Norfolk

  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place at 20:30 on the 21 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises (in force from 20:30 on the 22 November 2021).
Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding the premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england.
This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.
 
Outbreak Case Summary
In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 17 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:
  • 15 are in England: 12 cases of HPAI H5N1 and 3 case of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending)
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021. Additional Housing measures are in force in the Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire districts of North Yorkshire; see GOV.UK for further information.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that 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.
 
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
 
Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

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Avian Influenza Update 22/11/21:

  • From 8.30pm on 21 November 2021, a new avian influenza prevention zone was declared in parts of North Yorkshire in England, namely the districts of Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire. This means that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in that area to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease. See the AIPZ section for further information.
  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Wells-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk, Norfolk. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around the premises.
  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around the premises.
  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a near North Fambridge, Maldon, Essex. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone.
  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Mouldsworth, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone.
  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Silecroft, Copeland, Cumbria. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone.
  • Further information is available on the gov.uk website

NB In relation to the comment regarding the legal requirement to keep birds housed, please refer to the Avian Influenza Code of Practice to establish what you can and cannot do with racing pigeons in these zones.

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Update 19/11/21: Premises near Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Dorset, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been found at a premises near Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Christchurch & Poole. More information is available on GOV.UK 

Premises near Willington, Derbyshire, England

  • Updated information: H5N1 avian influenza found at a premises near Willington, Derbyshire now confirmed as highly pathogenic. More information is available on GOV.UK 

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Update 18/11/21: Premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire, England

  • Updated information: H5N1 avian influenza found at a premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire now confirmed as highly pathogenic. More information is available on GOV.UK 

Premises near Willington, Derbyshire, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been found at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire. More information is available on GOV.UK  

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Update 16/11/21: Premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been found at a premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire.
  • 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones are now in place. More information is available on GOV.​UK 

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Update 15/11/21: Premises near Salwick, Fylde, Lancashire, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Salwick, Fylde, Lancashire, England.
  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place on the 12 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises (in force from 10:30am on 14 November 2021).

Premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire, England.
  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place on the 13 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises (in force from 10:30am on 14 November 2021).

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, seven cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:
  • 5 are in England: 5 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.
Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
 
For further information on the cases above and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding each premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that 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.
 
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
 
Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

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Update 11/11/21: New Case – Avian Influenza H5N1 near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England.
  • Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain, 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises.
  • Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on our interactive map.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see this page of the gov.uk website 

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that 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.
 
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
 
Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

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Update 10/11/21: World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) Disease Freedom

  • Following confirmation of H5N1 HPAI in a small poultry unit at a premises near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire, the UK is no longer free from avian influenza under the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) rules.
  • There are therefore some restrictions on exports of affected commodities to third countries.
  • Trade in poultry and poultry related products with third countries that do not require whole UK avian influenza country freedom may continue on the basis of the conditions included in the export health certificates, unless otherwise notified by the importing country.
  • Agreed Export Health Certificates between the UK and importing countries are considered and issued on a case-by-case basis and can be certified by an Official Veterinarian only if the consignment meets the requirements set out in the export health certificates in full.
  • A collection of guidance and forms for importing and exporting live animals or animal products is available at this page of the GOV.UK website 

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Update 09/11/21: The Bird Gathering General Licence has been re-issued

This licence is in force until further notice – it may not be possible therefore to hold an event you have notified APHA of previously as certain restrictions are now in place.

The gathering must not be located within any notifiable avian disease Protection, Surveillance, Temporary Control Zone, Temporary Movement Restriction Zone or Restricted Area.

Please check the licence carefully and use the interactive map to establish if bird gatherings are permitted in the area of the country where you are intending to hold a gathering.

Please also note that certain species are no longer permitted to gather under the general licence until further notice. [This does not apply to racing/show pigeons.]

From 00:01 on 8 November 2021 no gatherings of poultry, galliforme birds or anseriforme birds are permitted. Galliforme birds include pheasants, partridge, quail, chickens, turkey and guinea fowl. Anseriforme birds include ducks, geese and swans. The bird gatherings general licence for these types of bird was revoked at 00:01 on 8 November 2021.

Please cancel your event if it involves a bird species that can no longer gather or is in an area of the country now restricted.

The most current licence will always be published on this page of the gov.uk website: please check the latest guidance before holding an event.

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Update 08/11/21: Changes to the Bird Gatherings General Licence in force from 0:01am 8th November 2021

Gatherings include (but are not limited to) bird fairs, markets, shows, sales, exhibitions, and some premises used for dealing or internet sales. In addition, vehicles used to transport live birds where the birds are brought together from multiple premises (so called many-to-one or many-to-many activities) are also considered gatherings. Gatherings are only permitted if licenced.

Bird gathering general licences have been made available by Defra, Scottish Government and Welsh Government permitting bird gatherings in England, Scotland and Wales respectively, provided they have been notified to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) at least 7 days before the event and that the gathering meets all the requirements of the relevant general licence

Changes to the bird gatherings general licence will come into force in all three GB administrations from 0:01am on the 8th November 2021. From that time no gatherings of poultry, galliforme or anseriforme birds will be permitted. Galliforme birds include pheasants, partridge, quail, chickens, turkey and guinea fowl. Anseriforme birds include ducks, geese and swans.

  • Gatherings of all other types of birds except poultry (Galliformes and Anseriformes) will be permitted, provided that the APHA has been notified of the gathering at least 7 days before the event and that the gathering meets all the requirements of the general licence.
  • Further guidance for bird gatherings and a full list of what is permitted in England has been published by Defra on GOV.UK. 
  • Equivalent changes are being made in Scotland and Wales, see the Scottish Government website and Welsh Government website for further information.

Update – Avian Influenza H5N1 in the Angus constituency, Scotland

  • Further testing has confirmed the case of Avian influenza H5N1 at a premises in the Angus constituency in Scotland to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone, 10km Surveillance Zone and 10km Restricted Zone.
  • See the Scottish Government website for further information

Update – Avian Influenza H5N1 near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in a small poultry unit at a premises near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the premises.

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of their birds, and that 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.
 
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
 
Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

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Update 04/11/21: Latest situation: Avian influenza prevention zone declared across Great Britain

  • Following a number of detections of avian influenza in wild birds across Great Britain, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across the whole of Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds.
  • This means that from 5pm on Wednesday 3 November 2021 it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their birds.
  • The AIPZ now in force across GB, does not include a requirement to house birds. However, this is being kept under constant review. With the increased risk of Avian Influenza during the winter, the need to include a mandatory housing requirement in the AIPZ may arise. Further disease control measures will be based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.
  • Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation and the AIPZ are available at:

Risk Levels

  • The risk of incursion of highly pathogenic (HPAI) avian influenza H5 in wild birds has increased from medium (event occurs regularly) to high (event occurs often) for wild birds.
  • The risk of poultry and captive bird exposure to HPAI H5 across Great Britain has increased from low (with medium uncertainty) to medium (with medium uncertainty) where biosecurity on premises is below the required standard. Where stringent biosecurity measures are in place, the risk has increased from low (with low uncertainty) to low (with medium uncertainty).
  • Further details on the evidence which supported these decisions can be found in Defra and the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) risk assessments available on GOV.UK

New Case – Avian Influenza H5N1 in the Angus constituency, Scotland

  • The Chief Veterinary Officer for Scotland has confirmed a case of H5N1 Avian Influenza in birds at a premises in the Angus constituency, Scotland. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain.
  • 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises.
  • Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in a zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see the Scottish Government website.
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

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Update 03/11/21: New Case – Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza HPAI) H5N1 near Chirk, Wrexham, Wales

  • The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed a case of H5N1 Avian Influenza in a small flock of backyard chickens at a premises near Chirk, Wrexham, Wales. Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain.
  • Disease control zones put in place surrounding the premises overlap the Welsh-English border hence declarations have been made by Welsh Government and Defra for the relevant areas in Wales and England respectively.
  • A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place in the relevant areas of Wales and England. In addition to a 10km Restricted Zone in the relevant area of Wales.
  • Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in a zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see the following web pages for Wales and England.

Latest situation – Premises near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire, England (HPAI H5N1)

  • Following a risk assessment, the 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been amended and 3km and 10km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zones have been declared around the rescue centre near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire.
  • Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in a zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
  • Restrictions remain in the zones however, licences for the movement of poultry and poultry products within or from Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone are not required.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see this page
Bird keepers are reminded that high standards of biosecurity should be maintained as good practice for the health of their birds, and that 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.
 
Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
 
Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

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Update 28/10/21: Latest situation – Premises near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire, England

  • Further testing has confirmed the stain of avian influenza confirmed in captive birds (non-poultry) at a rescue centre near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire on 26 October 2021 as highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity of the strain the 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone surrounding the premises have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone.
  • Fanciers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the interactive map.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see this page of the Defra website 
Avian Influenza Risk Levels
  • The risk of incursion of highly pathogenic (HPAI) avian influenza H5 in wild birds has increased from low (event is rare but does occur) to medium (event occurs regularly) for wild birds.
  • The risk of poultry and captive bird exposure to HPAI H5 across Great Britain remains low (with medium uncertainty) where biosecurity is sub-optimal, and low (with low uncertainty) where stringent biosecurity measures are applied.
  • Further details on the evidence which supported these decisions can be found in Defra and the Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) risk assessments available on GOV.UK

Bird keepers are reminded of the importance of high standards of biosecurity and checking their birds for any sign of disease, as outlined below.

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Update 27/10/21: Defra has advised that on the 26th October 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a rescue centre near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain. A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone has been put in place around the premises.

Fanciers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on their interactive map.

For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see this page of the Defra website.

Bird keepers are reminded that high standards of biosecurity should be maintained as good practice for the health of their birds, and that 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.

Keepers 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 to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:
England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
Scotland: www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza
Wales: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu 

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