Avian influenza cases confirmed: Latest news

Published 01 December 2021

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Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in captive birds, poultry and wild birds in England, Wales and Scotland. 

This page is being updated regularly with information on the latest cases, including the restrictions that apply in the Disease Control Zones around the infected premises.

The latest information on avian influenza in wild birds can be found on the GOV.UK website: Avian influenza (bird flu): Wild birds in the UK. The risk of incursion of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5 in wild birds has increased to very high for England and high for Wales and Scotland.

The risk level for poultry has been increased to medium where good biosecurity is applied, but this increases to high where there are substantial biosecurity breaches and poor biosecurity. If, however, stringent biosecurity is in place the risk would be low for poultry premises. More information on the current risk level can be found at the Gov.uk website: Avian influenza (bird flu): Risk level.

Visit our NFU avian influenza page for more advice from industry experts.

30 November 2021, second premises near Barrow upon Soar

On 30 November 2021 avian influenza HPAI H5N1 was confirmed at a second premises near Barrow upon Soar, Charnwood, Leicestershire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

HPAI H5N1 Protection and Surveillance Zones Barrow upon Soar 30 November 2021

28 November 2021, fifth premises near Thirsk

On 28 November 2021 avian influenza HPAI H5N1 was confirmed at a fifth premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

26 November 2021, fourth premises near Thirsk

On 26 November 2021 avian influenza HPAI H5N1 was confirmed at a fourth premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). 

26 November 2021, Clitheroe

On 26 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed near Clitheroe, Ribble Valley, Lancashire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. Following a risk assessment a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone has been put in place surrounding the premises (please see map below).

HPAI H5N1 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone, Clitheroe, 30 November 2021

25 November 2021, Anglesey

On 25 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds near Anglesey, Wales. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone (please see map below) and a 10km Restricted Zone have been put in place around the premises. 

25 November 2021, Third Premises near Thirsk

On 25 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a third premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). 

25 November 2021, Poulton le Fylde

On 25 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Poulton le Fylde, Wyre, Lancashire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). 

25 November 2021, Barrow upon Soar

On 25 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Barrow upon Soar, Charnwood, Leicestershire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

AI H5N1 Temporary Control Zones Barrow upon Soar 25 Nov 21

22 November 2021, Second premises near Thirsk

On 22 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a second premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5n1 3km protection zone and 10km survelliance zone near Thirsk

22 November 2021, Second premises near Leeming Bar

On 22 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a second premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

 

21 November 2021, Thirsk

On 21 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5n1 3km protection zone and 10km survelliance zone near Thirsk

21 November 2021, Wells-next-the-sea

On 21 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Wells-nest-the-sea, North Norfolk, Norfolk. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (please see map below).

21 November 2021, North Fambridge

On 21 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near North Fambridge, Maldon, Essex. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding the premises (please see map below).

20 November 2021, Mouldsworth

On 20 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Mouldsworth, Cheshire West and Chester, Cheshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding the premises (please see map below).

19 November 2021, Silecroft

On 19 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Silecroft, Copeland, Cumbria. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding the premises (please see map below).

19 November 2021, Pokesdown

On 19 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Pokesdown, Bournemouth. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding the premises (please see map below).

17 November 2021, South Derbyshire

On 17 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place surrounding the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

HPAI H5N1 Protection and Surveillance Zones Willington, South Derbyshire 19 Nov 21

16 November 2021, Fylde

On 16 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire. Further testing confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the premises (please see map below).

HPAI H5N1 Protection and Surveillance Zones Kirkham, Fylde, Lancs

13 November 2021, Hambleton

On 13 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire. Further testing confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map

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12 November 2021, Fylde

On 12 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Salwick, Fylde, Lancashire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been declared around the premises (please see map below). You can check to see if you are in a Disease Control Zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

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11 November 2021, Tendring

On 11 November 2021 avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the infected premises (please see map below).

Avian Influenza map PZ SZ Essex 12 Nov_81399

7 November 2021, Bidford

Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in a small poultry unit at a premises near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire. Further testing has confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the infected premises (please see map below). 

HPAI H5N1 Bidford, Alcester, Warwickshire 8 November 2021

3 November 2021, AIPZ announced and outbreak confirmed in Angus, Scotland 

On 3 November the Chief Veterinary Officers of England, Wales and Scotland announced a GB-wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, with mandatory biosecurity measures for all poultry keepers.

On 3 November avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises in the Angus constituency in Scotland. On 4 November this case was confirmed as highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N1). A Protection Zone, Surveillance Zone and Restricted Zone are now in place around the infected premises. Following successful completion of disease control activities within the disease control zones, the Scottish Government has revoked the Protection and Restricted Zone, with those areas merged with the existing 10km Surveillance Zone. The full declaration can be found on the Scottish Government website.

1 November 2021, Wrexham

Following successful completion of disease control activities within the disease control zones, on 26 November the Welsh Government has revoked the 3km Protection Zone; the area that formed that Protection Zone will now become part of the 10km Surveillance Zone (see map below). The 10km Restricted Zone remains in place. See the Welsh Government website for further information.

Part of the 10km Surveillance Zone extends into England and an equivalent zone has been declared by Defra for this area in England.

Information on the restrictions in place within the Disease Control Zones can be found on our page on NFUonline: Avian influenza: What to do if you are in a Restricted, Protection or Surveillance Zone.

AI outbreak news for nr Chirk, Wrexham

26 October 2021, Droitwich

The UK chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss has confirmed that avian influenza H5N1 has been identified in captive birds at a wild bird rescue centre near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire. 

Further testing has now confirmed this to be a highly pathogenic strain and all birds on the infected premises have been humanely culled. Following further field and laboratory investigations, on 1 November 2021 the 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were revoked and replaced with 3km and 10km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zones around the premises. Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zones, the 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone Area A declared on 1 November 2021 was revoked on 26 November 2021 and the areas merged with the 10km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone Area B. On 27 November the 10km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone Area B was lifted, so local restrictions are no longer in place. The nationwide AIPZ remains in place.

Expert advice

NFU chief poultry adviser Aimee Mahony said:

“The NFU remains in close dialogue with both Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency on this issue and we are working to support any members affected by this case of avian influenza. 

“I would urge all of our poultry members to continue to practise enhanced biosecurity at all times and to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their flock. I would also ask members of the public who keep birds such as chickens, geese and ducks to follow Defra’s biosecurity advice. All bird keepers have an important part to play in reducing the risk of avian influenza, not only to their own birds but also to the commercial poultry sector. 

“It is worth reminding people that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency has also made it clear that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.”

The UK chief veterinary officer Christine Middlemiss said:

"As we move into the higher risk period over winter, bird keepers should pay extra attention to the health of their birds. Anybody who suspects disease should report it to their vet or the APHA immediately. The best way to tackle this disease is for poultry keepers to ensure that they have strong biosecurity measures in place."

Simple measures to improve biosecurity

There are some simple measures that all poultry keepers should take to protect their birds against the threat of avian influenza. These apply to people running a large commercial farm or those keeping a few hens in their back garden and are also applicable to those rearing game birds. They include:

  • Keeping the area where birds live clean and tidy
  • Controlling rats and mice
  • Regularly cleaning and disinfecting any hard surfaces
  • Keeping chickens and turkeys completely separate from ducks and geese
  • Conducting regular maintenance checks on bird housing
  • Cleaning moss off the roofs, emptying gutters and removing vegetation between sheds where birds are kept
  • Drawing up contingency plans for storing bedding and dealing with pests
  • Placing birds’ feed and water in fully enclosed areas that are protected from wild birds and removing any spilled feed regularly
  • Putting fencing around outdoor areas where birds are allowed and limiting their access to ponds or areas visited by wild waterfowl
  • Cleaning and disinfecting footwear before and after entering premises where birds are kept

More information

  • Poultry keepers and members of the public should report dead wild birds to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
  • Bird keepers should report suspicion of disease to APHA on 03000 200 301.
  • Bird keepers should also familiarise themselves with the government’s avian influenza advice.

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