Avian influenza (or bird flu) has recently been confirmed in wild birds in Dorset and Warwickshire, with an ‘avian influenza prevention zone’ now declared covering England.
It is vital that we all remain vigilant and report any wild birds found dead without obvious cause (especially wildfowl such as swans, geese and ducks) to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
Any unexplained deaths amongst captive birds, such as poultry or gamebirds, should also be reported to the Animal and Plant Health Agency on 03000 20 03 01.
For further information please contact Tony Harwood (Principal Resilience Officer)
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For advice and to report issues to KCC Trading Standards contact: Citizens Advice consumer service
- Online: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/
- by phone: 03454 04 05 06 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm)
Kent County Council 18 January
Public Health England advise the risk to public health from the H5N8 strain of bird flu is very low.
Some strains of avian influenza can pass to humans, but this is very rare. It usually requires very close contact between the human and infected birds. There have never been any recorded cases of H5N8 in humans.
The Food Standards Agency has said the disease poses no food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.
If you employ people who work with poultry or work with poultry yourself, you can also read Health and Safety Executive advice on protecting workers from avian influenza
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Animal and Plant Health Agency
Information about avian influenza on gov.uk
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There is a constant risk of bird flu in the UK from wild birds. As it’s highly contagious take action to protect your birds from catching it.
Any very sick birds, or unexplained deaths, must be assessed by your vet. By law suspicion of bird flu is notifiable and can affect poultry movement and trade.
Tip 1: Cleaning.
Clean footwear before and after visiting your birds.
Keep areas clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces. Humanely control rats and mice.
Tip 2: Feeding.
Place your birds’ food and water in fully enclosed areas that are protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly.
Tip 3: Fencing.
Keep your birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around the outdoor areas they access.
Tip 4: Stay aware.
Sign up for free online to receive alerts on any outbreaks of bird flu, and register your birds on GOV.UK.
Pigeons or birds of prey
You can exercise, train and race pigeons or fly birds of prey, but you should try to prevent them from making direct contact with wildfowl. Keep a close watch on the health of your birds.