Avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex on 11 November 2021. Further testing is underway to confirm the pathogenicity of the strain. All birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled.
3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones have been declared around the premises.
In the past two weeks, three other cases of H5N1 have been discovered at premises in Warwickshire, Wrexham, and Worcestershire.
On 3 November, the chief vets in England, Scotland and Wales introduced an avian influenza prevention zone across Great Britain, requiring producers to implement enhanced biosecurity. There is no housing order for free range birds at this time.