A new case of highly pathogenic bird flu has been confirmed on a poultry farm in Cornwall, days after the roll out of a regional AIPZ.
Avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in poultry on Thursday (8 September) at a premises near Torpoint, Defra said.
A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone was declared around the premises, and all poultry and captive birds will be humanely culled.
The uptick in cases has forced the government to intervene in the South West of England, where a regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) is currently in place.
It is a legal requirement for all bird keepers in the counties of Cornwall, Devon and parts of Somerset to follow strict biosecurity measures.
Recently, the region has seen an increase in the number of highly-pathogenic avian influenza cases in both poultry and in captive birds.
Defra said all bird keepers must keep a close watch on them for signs of disease and maintain good biosecurity at all times.
"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.
"The risk of incursion in wild birds in Britain remains at medium. The risk of poultry exposure to HPAI H5 has been reduced to low where biosecurity is suboptimal and low where good biosecurity is applied," the department said.
Since late October 2021, the UK has faced its largest ever outbreak of bird flu with over 140 cases confirmed across the country.