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Avian Influenza

Avian influenza (bird flu) mainly affects birds but can also affect humans and other mammals.

A number of cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed in across the UK including in our supply area as below.

  • Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex
  • North Fambridge, Maldon, Essex

Full government guidance on avian influenza can be found on the government website, including an up-to-date list of cases and the latest situation across the UK.

Preventing the spread

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) came into force across Great Britain on 3 November 2021, and in Northern Ireland on 17 November 2021.

From 29 November 2021 additional housing measures are in force across the UK. These mean that it is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

What does this mean for me?

To prevent any further spread of bird flu, our service advisors may need to ask you a couple of extra questions before attending an appointment if you live in any of the affected areas.

We’ll need to check if you have any poultry on your premises, and what preventative measures you are taking to avoid the spread of the disease. These measures include:

  • Vehicles not beings allowed on sites where there is poultry
  • Parking on hardstanding only
  • Disinfection of vehicles and people’s footwear before and after entry
  • Having to sign into and out of premises
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