Several new cases of Avian Influenza H5N1 confirmed in England, mainly in the North East

There have been several new cases of AI H5N1 confirmed in England, mainly in the North East and in response Defra have introduced a regional housing order in some parts of North Yorkshire.

Regional Enhanced Avian Influenza Prevention Zone including Housing Measures put in place in Parts of North Yorkshire

  • From 8.30PM on 21 November 2021, a new avian influenza prevention zone (AIPZ) has been declared in parts of North Yorkshire in England, namely the districts of Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire, which 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.
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  • Following a risk assessment, a localised AIPZ with additional housing measures has been declared in these districts to help minimise the risk from wild birds and other sources. Housing is however only one part of disease prevention and control and it is essential that all bird keepers implement the highest standards of biosecurity both at the perimeter of their properties and within the premises to prevent disease being spread between different houses.
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  • The Government Chief Veterinary Officer is urging bird keepers to act immediately in response to the new housing localised measures, including taking steps to safeguard animal welfare, consult their vet and where necessary put up additional housing.
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  • The above measures are in addition to the AIPZ which been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021, which remains in force for all areas not part of the enhanced AIPZ.
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See GOV.UK for further information and the AIPZ declarations for definitive requirements https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

 

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