Friday, 3 December 2021

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 2 December 2021

 

Guidance

New Avian Influenza guidance issued for vets dealing with wild birds and backyard poultry

 

New Cases in England

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at the following premises:
  • sixth premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
  • near Tutbury, East Staffordshire, Staffordshire
  • near Leominster, North Herefordshire, Herefordshire
  • A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been put in place around each of the premises.

 

Northern Ireland

  • No cases of avian influenza have been confirmed to date in Northern Ireland. However, a Temporary Control Zone (TCZ-B) has been declared in Northern Ireland effective from 21:00 on the 30 November 2021, following the confirmation of Avian Influenza H5N1 at a third premises in County Monaghan in the Republic of Ireland. As the location of the premises lies close to the border between County Monaghan and County Armagh, the boundary of the 10km zone extends into Northern Ireland. See the DAERA website for further information.

 

Keepers can check where disease control zones are located in GB and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map, and in Northern Ireland on DAERA’s interactive map

 

For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones currently in force see:

England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.

Wales: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/

Northern Ireland: https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/avian-influenza-ai

 

To receive immediate notification of new cases and updated zones in GB please sign up to the APHA’s Animal Disease alert subscription service further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apha-alert-subscription-service

 

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 28 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:

  • 25 are in England: 25 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 2 are in Wales: 2 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

This is now the largest ever UK outbreak of avian influenza with 28 confirmed cases (prior to this the largest number of cases was 26 cases in 2020/2021 and 13 cases in 2016/2017).

 

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) including housing measures is in force across the UK. See GOV.UK for further information.

 

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

 

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 30 November 2021

 

New Case in England

  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry at a second premises near Barrow upon Soar, Charnwood, Leicestershire on the 30 November 2021. All birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises (in force from 20:30 on the 30 November 2021).

 

Case Update

  • Further testing has confirmed the avian influenza at a premises near Clitheroe, Ribble Valley, Lancashire as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1). Following a risk assessment a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone has been put in place surrounding the premises (in force from 20:00 on the 30 November 2021).

 

Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.

 

For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones currently in force see:

England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.

Wales: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update

Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/avian-influenza-bird-flu/

 

To receive immediate notification of new cases and updated zones please sign up to the APHA’s Animal Disease alert subscription service further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apha-alert-subscription-service

 

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 25 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:

  • 22 are in England: 22 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 2 are in Wales: 2 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

 

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) including housing measures is in force across the UK. See GOV.UK for further information.

 

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

 

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

Friday, 26 November 2021

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 26 November 2021

Updated Infographics Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) and Housing Measures
  • The APHA stakeholder social media products have been updated in preparation to the introduction of mandatory housing measures from 00:01 on the 29 November 2021 (housing measures are in addition to the current biosecurity requirements of the AIPZ)
  • These images and animations are available for use by your organisations and are available to download at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/nfl9qhlwwumu9py/AAA6ixRGIp_0LHe2fCwfMmaha?dl=0
 
New Cases
  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Clitheroe, Ribble Valley, Lancashire. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain in this case. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around the premises.
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a fourth premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire on the 26 November 2021. A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone has been put in place around the premises.

Case Updates
  • Further testing has confirmed that the avian influenza strain in birds at the following premises as highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N1). Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding each of these premises.
  • Third premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire
  • near Poulton le Fylde, Wyre, Lancashire
  • Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zones, the following disease control zone mergers have been completed:
  • the 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone Area around a premises near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire has been revoked and the areas merged with the 10km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone Area.
  • the 3km Protection Zone declared surrounding a premises near Chirk, Wrexham, Wales has been revoked and the areas merged with the 10km Surveillance Zone for the relevant areas of Wales and England.
  • the 3km Protection Zone and 10km Restricted Zone declared surrounding a premises near in the Angus constituency Scotland has been revoked and and the 3km Protection Zone area merged with the 10km Surveillance Zone.
Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
 
For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding the premises see:
England: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.
 
To receive immediate notification of new cases and updated zones please sign up to the APHA’s Animal Disease alert subscription service further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apha-alert-subscription-service
 
Outbreak Case Summary
In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 23 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:
  • 20 are in England: 19 cases of HPAI H5N1 and 1 cases of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending)
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 2 are in Wales: 2 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021 and in Northern Ireland effective from 17 November 2021. Additional Housing measures are currently in force in the Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire districts of North Yorkshire, and will be in force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021. See GOV.UK for further information.
 
High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.
 
Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 25 November 2021

Updated Biosecurity Guidance • Updated biosecurity guidance and a biosecurity self-assessment checklist have been published. • These documents include details of biosecurity best practice and further guidance on measures that bird keepers must take in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) currently in force, in addition to key guidance on how to prepare for when mandatory housing measures come into force across the UK on the 29 November 2021. • See our biosecurity advice on GOV.UK for further information. 

New Cases in England • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at the following premises, further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain in each of the cases. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around each of the premises. • third premises near Thirsk, Hambleton, North Yorkshire • near Poulton le Flyde, Wyre, Lancashire • Further testing has confirmed that the avian influenza strain in birds at the premises near Barrow upon Soar, Charnwood, Leicestershire as highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N1). Following confirmation of the pathogenicity, the Temporary Control Zones have been revoked and replaced by 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone around the premises. • For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding the premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england. This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones. 

New Cases in Wales • Avian Influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Gaerwen, Isle of Anglesey, Wales. • Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place around the premises. • See the Welsh Government Website for further information https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu-latest-update
To receive immediate notification of new cases and updated zones please sign up to the APHA’s Animal Disease alert subscription service further details can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apha-alert-subscription-service

Outbreak Case Summary In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 21 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB: • 18 are in England: 16 cases of HPAI H5N1 and 2 cases of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending) • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1 • 2 are in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1 and 1 cases of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending) • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021 and in Northern Ireland effective from 17 November 2021. Additional Housing measures are currently in force in the Harrogate, Hambleton and Richmondshire districts of North Yorkshire, and will be in force across the UK from 00:01 on Monday 29 November 2021. See GOV.UK for further information

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak. Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

Friday, 19 November 2021

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 19 November 2021

New Case – Premises near Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Pokesdown, Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.
  • Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain.
  • 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises (in force from 10.30am on 19 November 2021).
 
Update - Premises near Willington, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, England
  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place on the 17 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises in force from 10.15am on 19 November 2021).
 
Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.
 
For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding the premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england.  This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.
 
Outbreak Case Summary
In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, ten cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:
  • 8 are in England: 7 cases of HPAI H5N1 and 1 case of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending)
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.
 
Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021.
 
High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.
 
Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
 
Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

Thursday, 18 November 2021

Bird flu and Gamebirds: revised guidance issued

The UK Governments have joined with organisations involved in gamebird management to issue revised guidance on bird flu and the way it can affect the activities of gamebird rearers.

Published on Tuesday by eight game shooting, research and game conservation bodies, the new guidance is endorsed by Defra, the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland governments.

Download Revised Guidance

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 18 November 2021

 New Case – Premises near Willington, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire, England

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire.
  • Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain.
  • 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises (in force from 21.30 on 17 November 2021).

 

Update - Premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire, England

  • Further testing has now confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity the 3km and 10km temporary control zones put in place on the 16 November 2021 have been revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone surrounding the premises (in force from 21.30 on 17 November 2021).

 

Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) interactive map.

 

For further information on these cases and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones surrounding the premises see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england.  This is particularly important given there are overlapping zones.

 

Outbreak Case Summary

In summary, since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, nine cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in GB:

  • 7 are in England: 6 cases of HPAI H5N1 and 1 case of H5N1 (pathogenicity pending)
  • 1 is in Scotland: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • 1 is in Wales: 1 case of HPAI H5N1
  • No cases have been confirmed in Northern Ireland.

 

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

 

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

 

Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

Wales: https://gov.wales/avian-influenza-bird-flu

Wednesday, 17 November 2021

The Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust Young Gamekeeper of the Year 2021 Award

 

THE 2021 GWT Young Gamekeeper of the Year has been awarded to John Tipping. The Award was presented by Sir John Scott Bt Honorary President of GWT and the charity’s Chief Executive Officer Helen MJ Benson, at Whatton House on 6 November 2021.

 

The award was devised by Trustee Lady Scott, who wished to recognise the families of gamekeepers who give so much to support shoots and estates, helping in whatever task is required.  John, aged 10, helps his father with hatching and looking after the pheasants. However, he’s not just hard at work behind-the-scenes and is described in his nomination as being ‘second in charge on shoot days’. John and his family live in Leicestershire and moved shortly before the first lockdown last year. The family have successfully navigated a new home, new shoot, new school and learning from home - all across a difficult year.

 

Helen says, “Young people are our future, and it is a real pleasure to award the hard work and enthusiasm of those who wish to follow on in their parent’s boots”.

 

All in all, it’s been quite a year for the gamekeepers in the Tipping family, with dad Matt also being in the limelight. Earlier this year, Schöffel Country launched its latest campaign, Diary of a Gamekeeper, which celebrates and acknowledges the practice of gamekeeping and the important role it plays in the countryside. Providing a diary like entry, Schöffel Country follows Matt, who has been a gamekeeper for over 30 years. The entries detail his career to date, conservation efforts and the responsibilities he obtains whilst working at Whatton House. The autumn edition is due for release later this month.

 

During 25th – 30th November inclusive, Schöffel Country will be giving back to the community by running a promotion online with £5 from every order being donated to the Gamekeepers’ Welfare Trust.


Photo: John with GWT’s Honorary President Sir John Scott Bt, and Chief Executive Officer Helen Benson

Photo credit: Sarah Farnsworth & Schöffel Country 


Friday, 12 November 2021

New Case – Avian Influenza H5N1 near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England

 

  • Avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in birds at a premises near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex, England.
  • Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain, 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place surrounding the premises.
  • Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on our interactive map.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england

 

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

 

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

 

Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at:

Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Defra - Avian Influenza Latest Situation - 10 November 2021

 

World Animal Health Organisation (OIE) Disease Freedom

  • Following confirmation of H5N1 HPAI in a small poultry unit at a premises near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire, the UK is no longer free from avian influenza under the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) rules.
  • There are therefore some restrictions on exports of affected commodities to third countries.
  • Trade in poultry and poultry related products with third countries that do not require whole UK avian influenza country freedom may continue on the basis of the conditions included in the export health certificates, unless otherwise notified by the importing country.
  • Agreed Export Health Certificates between the UK and importing countries are considered and issued on a case-by-case basis and can be certified by an Official Veterinarian only if the consignment meets the requirements set out in the export health certificates in full.
  • A collection of guidance and forms for importing and exporting live animals or animal products is available on GOV.UK at https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/guidance-on-importing-and-exporting-live-animals-or-animal-products

 

Update – Avian Influenza H5N1 in near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire

  • Further testing has confirmed the case of Avian influenza H5N1 at a premises near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire to be a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N1).
  • Following confirmation of the pathogenicity of the strain the 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone surrounding the premises were revoked and replaced by a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone.
  • Keepers can check where disease control zones are located and if they are in zone on our interactive map.
  • For further information on this case and details of the measures that apply in the disease control zones see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu-cases-and-disease-control-zones-in-england

 

Bird keepers are reminded that an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared across Great Britain effective from 5pm on 3 November 2021.

High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your birds, and that good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.

 

Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

 

Biosecurity guidance and information on the latest avian influenza situation are available at: