The latest Avian Flu Guidance from Defra

On 21st November, Avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed in poultry and captive birds at a premises near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire. This was confirmed as Highly Pathogenic on the 23rd November and a 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zone put in place around the infected premises.

On 19th November, Avian influenza H5N8 was also confirmed in captive birds at a wetland centre (non-poultry premises) near Stroud in Gloucestershire. This was confirmed as Highly Pathogenic on the 20th November. Following a risk assessment a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone was put in place around the premises.

Further details on the measures that apply in each of these disease control zones can be found in the relevant declarations available on GOV.UK:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#movement-controls-and-licences

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The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in GB (whether they are pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to follow strict biosecurity measures.

All bird keepers must:

  • maintain the highest standards of biosecurity to prevent the introduction of disease
  • report any clinical signs indicative of avian influenza to the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact their local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

All keepers can find the latest information on gov.uk at the following links:

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