Bird flu reported in small poultry unit in Warwickshire

The government has confirmed a new case of H5N1 avian influenza in England (Stock photo)
The government has confirmed a new case of H5N1 avian influenza in England (Stock photo)

Bird flu has been confirmed in a small poultry unit at a premises near Alcester, Warwickshire, the government has said.

Avian influenza of the H5N1 subtype, pathogenicity to be confirmed, has been reported at a premises near Alcester, Defra said on Sunday (7 November).

A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been put in place surrounding the affected premises, the department added.

Within these zones, a range of different controls are now in place, including restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.

The latest outbreak follows other cases of avian influenza recorded in wild birds in England, Wales and Scotland.

Because of this, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across the whole of Britain earlier this week.

The AIPZ means that it is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures as a way to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading.

In a joint statement the Chief Veterinary Officers for Wales, England and Scotland said: "All bird keepers must take action now to prevent the disease spreading to poultry and other domestic birds.

“Whether you keep just a few birds or thousands, you are now legally required to introduce higher biosecurity standards on your farm or small holding.

"It is in your interests to do so in order to protect your birds from this highly infectious disease," the CVOs explained.

“The UK health agencies have confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and UK food standards agencies advise that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.”