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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)

The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) last identified and confirmed the presence of Avian Influenza H5N8 in Lincolnshire at a Turkey farm on 26th January 2017.

Defra confirmed the finding of Avian Influenza H5N6 in 17 wild birds in South Dorset and 13 wild birds in Warwickshire.

Since 18 January 2018 the whole of England is now in an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.

For more information and guidance on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) including what to do in the Prevention Zone, what to do if you suspect it and measures to prevent it, please visit the GOV.UK website for advice from DEFRA.

If you keep poultry please see the attached advice which has been issued for during a disease outbreak.

All departments are working closely together to ensure that emergency contingency plans are in place and can be activated very quickly in the event of any outbreak in Lincolnshire.

Lincolnshire Trading Standards liaise closely with the Animal Health and Plant Agency and DEFRA who are the lead authority.

We may be called upon to carry out a number of roles during a disease outbreak including:

  • Enforcement of various preventative measures, including restrictions relating to bird gatherings
  • Enforcement of legislation in the event of a disease outbreak
  • Enforcing movement restrictions and involvement in licensing movements
  • Signposting restricted areas
  • Possible closure of footpaths based on veterinary risk assessment
  • Cleansing and disinfection duties
  • Gathering information on bird owners and providing guidance
  • Working with other disease control partners
  • Ensuring poultry are being kept undercover

Public Health England (PHE) also assist Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) in the investigation of an avian flu outbreak. For further information from Public Health England visit www.gov.uk

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Last updated: 18 January 2018

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