From the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and Animal and Plant Health Agency First published: 6 December 2016
The Chief Veterinary Officer has declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Flu in Europe. A copy of the Prevention Zone is attached for your information and full details are on the .Gov website
This Prevention Zone introduces mandatory enhanced biosecurity measures and requires the immediate and compulsory housing of domestic chickens, hens, turkeys and ducks, or where this is not practical, their complete separation from contact with wild birds. For farmed geese, gamebirds and other captive birds, keepers should take practical steps to keep these birds separate from wild birds. The zone covers England and will remain in place for 30 days.
Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe. No cases of H5N8 have been found in the UK and this order is a precautionary measure to help prevent potential infection from wild birds. Public Health England advises that the threat to human health remains very low. Defra is continuing to monitor the situation closely and has increased its surveillance activity, while keepers are being urged to reinforce biosecurity measures on their premises.
Although Defra and APHA are not expecting increased local authority activity there will undoubtedly be more calls to local authorities. Local Authorities and staff are asked to publicise this precautionary measure and encourage keepers to comply with the Prevention Zone measures.