Avian Influenza Prevention Zone ends on 16 August

15 August 2022

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Defra has confirmed that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone for poultry and captive birds will be lifted on 16 August. 

The enhanced biosecurity measures were brought in across Great Britain in November when there was a medium risk for some poultry premises.

The risk of avian influenza has now been reduced to low for all poultry. As a result, the AIPZ will be lifted from midday on Tuesday 16 August. 

Poultry keepers within avian influenza disease control zones will still need to comply with any additional biosecurity, housing measures or movement licensing requirements within the disease control zone declaration.

You can find out if you are in a disease control zone by using the APHA’s interactive map.

All poultry gatherings, including at fairs, shows and markets, remain banned, due to the potential for different flocks mixing together and the risk posed by any infections spreading across the country.

UK Chief Veterinary Officer Christine Middlemiss said: “Now we are in the summer months and experiencing higher temperatures, the risk to poultry has now been reduced across Great Britain and so the time is right to lift the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.

“This would not have been possible without the hard work of all bird keepers, who have upheld high biosecurity standards for many months. However, there are still localised areas of risk as we have seen recently, and therefore it’s vital that everyone keeps biosecurity and cleanliness at the forefront of their minds to keep their flocks safe.”

Be vigilant

Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and any wild birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.

Public health advice remains that the risk to human health from the virus is very low and food standards bodies advise that avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.

There is no impact on the consumption of properly cooked poultry products including eggs.

If disease is suspected

Poultry and captive bird 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 in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 0300 0200 301.

In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268.

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