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Avian influenza (bird flu)

Avian Influenza Control Zones

Current cases of avian influenza (bird flu) in our area and the disease control measures in place.

AIV 2023/58 premises near Cranbrook, East Devon

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in commercial poultry on 29 November 2023 at a premises near Cranbrook, East Devon, Devon (AIV 2023/58). A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone have been declared around the premises.

Find out if you are in Avian Influenza Control Zone on this interactive map.

If you are in a current 3km Protection Zone and you keep poultry or other captive birds, please give us details about the birds that you keep

Watch this video in which the Surrey Poultry Vet explains what a Protection Zone is and the things you need to be aware of if you are in one.

In this video, find out what a Surveillance Zone is and the things you need to be aware of.

Spotting and reporting avian influenza

All bird keepers should continue good biosecurity practice and be vigilant for signs of disease to keep their birds safe from avian influenza.

To learn how to spot and report avian influenza, visit GOV.UK – Bird flu (avian influenza): how to spot it and report it.

Find out more about the different clinical signs of avian influenza in this video with the Surrey Poultry Vet.

Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301.

You should register your poultry, even if only kept as pets, so we can contact you during an outbreak. This is a legal requirement if you have 50 or more birds, however we recommend you register your birds if you keep fewer than 50. Poultry includes chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, pigeon (bred for meat), partridge, quail, guinea fowl and pheasants.

In this video, the Surrey Poultry Vet explains how to sign up to disease alerts, when and why you should register your birds and what will happen at a surveillance visit.

Keep up to date on the latest situation at GOV.UK – Bird flu (avian influenza): latest situation in England.

The risk to public health from the virus is very low and properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat. Please do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find, but report them to Defra on 03459 33 55 77.