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Avian Flu

Suffolk Trading Standards Avian Influenza Restriction Guide 11/12/19

Low pathogenic avian influenza of the H5 strain was confirmed at a commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk on 10 December 2019.

All birds on the premises will be humanely culled. A restricted zone of 1km is in place around the infected premises and applies the restrictions listed below.

Public Health England has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of disease, report suspected disease immediately and ensure they are maintaining good biosecurity on their premises.

Summary of Restricted Zone Rules

1.    Poultry litter and manure on premises containing captive birds must only be moved on or off the premises in compliance with a licence.

2.    Poultry and any other captive birds or mammals (other than pet mammals) must not be moved, unless licensed, on or off premises where captive birds are kept.

3.    Keepers of captive birds must put in place biosecurity measures necessary to reduce the risk of the spread of avian influenza or any measures specifically required by a vet or LA inspector.

4.    Bio security measures, such as the cleansing and disinfection of footwear, must be applied when entering or leaving premises containing captive birds. 

5.    Any death of captive poultry must be reported to the Defra Rural Services Helpline (as overleaf) and poultry carcases should only be disposed of in accordance with a veterinary inspector’s instructions. 

6.    Bird gatherings or the release of game birds is not permitted.

7.    Eggs must not be moved without a licence - however table eggs may be moved to wholesale, retail premises or subsequent movements (such as when purchased by a consumer).

8.    Poultry, eggs or meat must not be moved, unless licensed to do so by a veterinary inspector. 

9.    Vehicles and any equipment used to transport or move poultry, captive birds, meat, feed, manure, slurry, litter or any other thing which may be contaminated must cleansed and disinfected as soon as the journey ends.

Signs of Low Path Avian Influenza disease

Clinical signs that poultry keepers should look for in their birds include a swollen head, discolouration of neck and throat, loss of appetite, respiratory distress, diarrhoea and fewer eggs laid – although clinical signs vary between species of bird.

Reporting Signs of disease and dead wild birds
Bird flu is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry, you must report it immediately by calling the: 

Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline           (03459 33 55 77 - please select option 7).

APHA Alerts Subscription Service

The APHA Alerts Subscription Service provides registered users with the latest news on exotic notifiable animal disease outbreaks in Great Britain. Alerts may also be sent outside of a disease outbreak.

Poultry Register

Any poultry flocks of over 50 captive birds or more should be registered, however whilst the law does not require it, we still encourage any keepers of less than 50 captive birds to also register. Links to the relevant registration forms are available from:

Further information regarding this outbreak including links to guidance on appropriate biosecurity measures for poultry keepers can be found at:

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