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Avian Influenza

There have been 82 confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 in England since 1 October 2022. There have been 216 cases of HPAI H5N1 in England since the H5N1 outbreak started on 27 October 2021.

A small number of cases have been reported in South Ribble and are being dealt with accordingly by the authorities. 

Mandatory housing measures for all poultry and captive birds are to be introduced to all areas of England from 00:01 on Monday 7 November, following a decision by the United Kingdom's Chief Veterinary Officer.

The housing measures legally require all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size.

See Government advice and information on Avian Influenza

Reporting suspected bird flu in poultry or captive birds


If you suspect any type of bird flu in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

Failure to do so is an offence.

Reporting dead wild birds


You should call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if you find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks) 
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find.

For further information see the Government's advice to the public.

 

 

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