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


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


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: