There have now been 162 confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) since 1 October 2022. A total of 143 cases have been confirmed in England, 15 in Scotland, three in Wales and one in Northern Ireland.
The most recent two cases were confirmed in Norfolk on 12 January in commercial poultry at premises near Wells-next-the-sea and near Cromer. A 3km protection zone and 10km surveillance zone have been put in place around each the premises. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled.
Mandatory housing orders are in place in England and Wales.
The risk of poultry exposure to HPAI H5 in Great Britain is assessed as:
- high (event occurs very often) (with low uncertainty) where there are substantial biosecurity breaches and poor biosecurity
- medium (event occurs regularly) (with high uncertainty) where good biosecurity is applied.