Outbreak of Avian Flu in North Herefordshire

Herefordshire Council Briefing 3rd December 2021

We have been notified of an outbreak of Avian Flu in Shobden area which is an important issue for all keepers of domestic poultry. At the moment it is only in the Shobden area.

Remember Avian Flu cannot be passed to humans either directly or via food chain.

Over the next few days officers of the councils environment protection department will assist DEFRA in visiting all registered poultry keepers in a 3 km radius of Shobdon.

Do not put any domestic birds in the open, keep them indoors or if there is a mesh setup for their run keep the roof covered to prevent any faeces being dropped in.

Below is the council’s statement as of 2pm and my recent update article.

The council are currently supporting an outbreak of an Avian Flu H5N1 strain in poultry in the Shobdon area near Leominster after the Government’s Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) confirmed a case last night (Thursday).

The Council are working closely with the APHA and other agencies in response. All agencies are working together to limit the spread and officers are visiting residents in the surrounding area to inform and engage with those who keep birds and assess and report any risks that might exist.

Latest updates on Avian Flu and related restrictions and protective measures can be found on the https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

There have been 235 outbreaks in wild and domestic birds in 65 locations in the UK so far this winter

AVIAN FLU

While COVID makes our headlines all poultry keepers must be aware of the strict rules regarding domestic birds.

Bird keepers that they must follow the latest government requirements, in light of the recent outbreaks of avian flu.

As of Monday 29 November, it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was originally put in place across the whole of England following a number of confirmed cases among wild and commercial birds. These additional measures add to the AIPZ that came into force on Friday 5 November and means that as from 29 November it is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow strict biosecurity measures.

Bird keepers should visit the www.gov.uk website for full details of the AIPZ and updated biosecurity guidance. Dead wild birds should be reported to the Defra helpline: 03459 33 55 77.

Keepers should report any suspicion of disease to APHA: 03000 200 301

Do not touch or pick up any dead or sick birds that you find. If you find dead swans, geese or ducks or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline on: 03459 33 55 77.