Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 (bird flu) has been confirmed in chickens at premises near Attleborough, Breckland, Norfolk – and in Honington, West Suffolk.
In both cases, a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around each premises. Affected birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled.
The Government maintains that all bird keepers of pet birds, commercial flocks or ‘even just a few birds in a backyard’ must keep a close watch on them for signs of disease and maintain good biosecurity at all times. Bird keepers are encouraged to register poultry – which includes chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, pigeon (bred for meat), partridge, quail, guinea fowl and pheasants – so they can be contacted during a bird flu outbreak. Registration of birds is a legal requirement for keepers of 50 or more.
Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact your local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
Reporting dead wild birds
You should call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:
- one or more dead bird of prey or owl
- 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
- 5 or more dead birds of any species
Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. For further information see the Government’s advice to the public.
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