Two cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) have been confirmed on farms near Pocklington. 10km disease control zones have been introduced around the affected premises, placing restrictions on bird keepers. The latest information on all cases, the restrictions and an interactive map to check if you are in a disease control zone can be found on GOV.UK - Avian influenza (external website).
Avian influenza (bird flu) mainly affects birds, although it can also affect humans and other mammals. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said the risk to the general public’s health is very low. People should not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that they find, advice on what to do if you find dead wild birds can be found on GOV.UK - Avian influenza (external website).
Elsewhere the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) remains in place. The AIPZ makes it a legal requirement for all bird keepers in Great Britain (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to take biosecurity measures and keep records and from 29 November 2021 birds must be housed.
Further details of the measures that apply in the AIPZ in England can be found on GOV.UK - Avian influenza (external website)
Maintaining a high biosecurity of standard remains an important measure to help reduce the risk of further avian influenza (bird flu) outbreaks. Poultry and captive bird keepers should remain vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns.
All poultry keepers are still encouraged to register their birds on the GB Poultry register so they can be contacted quickly if there is a disease outbreak in their area. This is a legal requirement for keepers of more than 50 birds and highly recommended for all keepers.
GOV.UK - How to register your birds (external website)