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Important information about avian influenza (bird flu)

The Chief Veterinary Officers for England, Scotland and Wales have agreed to bring in new measures to help protect poultry and captive birds, following a number of cases of avian influenza (bird flu) in wild and captive birds in the UK. 

The new housing measures, which will come into force on Monday 14 December, mean that it will be a legal requirement for all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors, and to follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease.

Advise for poultry and captive bird keepers

If you are a poultry and captive bird keeper, be vigilant and look out for any signs of disease in your birds and any wild birds.

If you have any concerns, get advice from your vet. 

You can help prevent avian flu by maintaining good biosecurity on your premises, including:

  • housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • cleansing and disinfecting clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds - if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and using effective vermin control
  • thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting housing at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all points where people should use it, such as farm entrances and before entering poultry and captive bird housing or enclosures
  • minimising direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds

For more information see:

GOV.UK: Avian influenza (bird flu): Latest situation
GOV.UK: Avian influenza (bird flu)

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