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Avian influenza (bird flu)

Key current information

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Following further test results from the Veterinary Laboratories Agency (VLA) the Acting Chief Veterinary Officer  confirmed that the strain of Avian Influenza  at the Infected Premises near Diss was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.   

Local authorities and Animal Health  enforced a 3km Protection Zone, a 10km Surveillance Zone and a wider Restricted Zone covering the whole of Suffolk and most of Norfolk around the Infected Premises.  In these zones, movement restrictions applied and poultry was required to be  isolated from wild birds. In addition,  the national general licence on bird gatherings was  revoked, and bird shows and pigeon racing were not permitted for the time being.

Following wide spread surveillance and testing which showed no further signs of disease being present, the Protection Zone around the first infected premises was lifted on 8 December.  On 10 December the Protection Zone around the second infected premises (near Thetford) was lifted.  These zones then became part of the wider Surveillance Zone.

On 19 December, the Surveillance and Restricted Zones were lifted and with the exception of some limited restrictions on the export of certain poultry meat, all movement restrictions of birds and by-products were lifted. 

If you need to report dead wild gulls, waders, ducks, geese or swans; groups of dead birds or need advice on avian flu, please contact the Defra Helpline 08459 33 55 77 Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm. More information on finding dead birds is available.

Latest situation - Information on the latest situation in the UK.
Check if you are affected - See movement guidance and licences
For food safety advice please see the Food Standards Agency website.

The basics
Key information about avian flu. Information on clinical signs, transmission and disease control is available on the factsheet.

Kept birds
Information relating to farmed, pet or otherwise kept birds including information on bringing birds indoors, vaccination, biosecurity, bird imports and exports, poultry valuation cards, the domestic poultry survey and game birds. See also disinfectant information and the GB Poultry Register.

Wild birds
Information relating to wild birds, advice on licensing, guidance for anyone who finds groups of dead birds and surveillance for avian influenza in wild birds.

Other animals
Information relating to cats, dogs and other companion animals.

What the Government is doing
Defra in liaison with Animal Health have set out structures and systems that would be implemented in an outbreak of disease, including a contingency plan and Risk Assessments.

Impact on the countryside
Information relating to avian influenza and its effect on the countryside.

Questions and answers (Q&A)
Commonly or frequently asked questions relating to avian flu.



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