Latest Avian Flu update

Trading Standards

24 April 2023

Chicken

Mandatory housing measures for poultry and captive birds were lifted on Tuesday 18 April 2023, but an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) remains in force across England.

The measures were introduced to help stop the spread of bird flu.

AIPZ

The AIPZ means that all bird keepers (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) must take extra precautions, such as restricting access for non-essential people on site, ensuring workers change clothing and footwear before entering bird enclosures and cleaning and disinfecting vehicles regularly to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

All bird keepers are required to implement strict biosecurity measures to protect them from contact either directly or indirectly with wild birds, to help protect their flocks from the threat of avian influenza. The disease could kill your birds if these actions aren’t taken.

The scale of avian influenza outbreaks across the UK and Europe have been unprecedented with cases being confirmed into the second year of an outbreak for the first time. The UK has faced its largest ever outbreak of bird flu with over 330 cases confirmed across the country since late October 2021.