Avian flu latest

19 May update: Premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk
Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the disease control zones surrounding this premises, the 3km Protection Zone has ended, and the area has merged with the 10km surveillance zone.

19 May update: Premises near Market Weston, West Suffolk, Suffolk
Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the disease control zones surrounding this premises, the 3km Protection Zone has ended, and the area has merged with the 10km surveillance zone.

15 May update: Second premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk
Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the disease control zones surrounding this premises, the 3km Protection Zone has ended, and the area has merged with the 10km surveillance zone.

On 26 April 2022 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in captive birds at a premises near Fakenham, North Norfolk, Norfolk on 5 February 2022. Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zone, the 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled zone has been revoked.

On 12 March 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Market Weston, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, both of which extend into Norfolk, to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Market Weston declaratory order.

On 11 March 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry at a second premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, both of which extend into Norfolk, to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the second Redgrave declaratory order.

On 1 March 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry at a premises near Redgrave, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises, both of which extend into Norfolk, to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Read details of the controls in place in the Redgrave declaratory order.

On the 5 February 2022 highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) was confirmed in premises near Fakenham, Norfolk. A 3km Controlled Zone has been put in place around the premises. Read details of the controls in place in the Fakenham declaratory order.

Following a risk assessment and the introduction of the Great Britain wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ), General Bird Gathering Licences have been amended to prohibit the gatherings (such as shows, markets and fairs) of poultry, galliforme and anseriforme birds (including pheasants, ducks and geese). The prohibition took effect from 00.01am on Monday 8 November 2021.

Find out more about government guidance on bird gatherings. 

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain, effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021. The AIPZ means that all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

In addition to the current requirements of the AIPZ, new housing measures will come into force at 00.01am on the 29 November 2021. The new housing measures 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 to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

Details of the measures that apply in the APIZ in England can be found in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declaration on the gov.uk website.

To assist all bird keepers in complying with the new rules, Defra has updated their biosecurity guidance and self-assessment checklists.

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. Details of these additional controls that apply in North Yorkshire can be found on the gov.uk website.

There are currently a number of confirmed cases of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza throughout the country. The introduction of the AIPZ is designed to reduce the risk of the spread of the disease. Last winter Norfolk Trading Standards supported Defra in responding to five avian influenza outbreaks in the county.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low. The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat. Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).

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