A National Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared for the whole of England.
This means it is mandatory for all captive bird keepers in England to put enhanced biosecurity measures in place.
Further information can be found on GOV.UK. This Zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of our work to monitor the threat of bird flu.
It is vital that anyone who keeps birds, whether a few in a back garden or thousands on a commercial unit is vigilant.
All poultry keepers should:
- minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
- clean footwear before and after visiting birds, using a Government approved disinfectant at entrances and exits
- clean and disinfect vehicles and equipment that have come into contact with poultry
- keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways
- humanely control rats and mice
- place birds’ food and water in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly
- keep birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around outdoor areas they access
- keep a close watch on birds for any signs of disease and report any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to your vet
In Scotland, you should contact your local APHA office.
Further avian influenza advice, including how to spot the disease, is available:-
- In England at www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu
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