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Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) - Update - 17 October

Infectious diseases

17 October 2022

Icon of the UK crown above and Guidance on Avian influenza (bird flu)

Bird owners must now follow strict new rules following an increase in the number of bird flu cases.

Following a change in the risk levels and an increase in the number of detections of avian influenza (bird flu) in kept and wild birds, the Chief Veterinary Officers from England, Scotland and Wales have declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across Great Britain to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading amongst poultry and captive birds.

This means that from midday on Monday 17 October, it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain to follow strict biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the threat of avian flu.

Further information on the mandatory biosecurity measures can be found in the declaration.

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