Farming News - Two high strains of Avian Flu discovered in Lancashire & Yorkshire

Two high strains of Avian Flu discovered in Lancashire & Yorkshire

15 Nov 2021
Frontdesk / Livestock

Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises.

Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Salwick, Fylde, Lancashire. Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises.

A general licence for the movement of samples for salmonella testing from premises in the Protection Zone or Surveillance Zone has been issued.

There have also been cases in the Angus region of Scotland and Cihirk near Wrexham in Wales.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021. The AIPZ means 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.

The decision to implement the AIPZ on the 3 November 2021 was made due to evidence from Europe and on avian influenza findings in wild birds in Great Britain. It follows a risk assessment containing the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.

The AIPZ now in force across Great Britain, does not include a requirement to house birds. However, this is being kept under constant review. With the increased risk of avian influenza during the winter, the need to include a mandatory housing requirement in the AIPZ may happen. Further disease control measures will be based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.

Follow this link for updates and guidance : https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu#latest-situation