Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been confirmed in a small poultry unit at a premises near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire. A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone has been declared.
In the past week, there have been multiple findings of HPAI H5N1 in wild birds from sites across GB.
On 3 November, the chief vets of England, Scotland and Wales introduced an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, requiring all poultry keepers to adhere to higher standards of biosecurity. The decision was made due to evidence from Europe and on avian influenza findings in wild birds in Great Britain. It follows a risk assessment containing the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.
The AIPZ now in force across Great Britain, does not include a requirement to house birds. However, this is being kept under constant review. With the increased risk of avian influenza during the winter, the need to include a mandatory housing requirement in the AIPZ may happen. Further disease control measures will be based on the latest scientific evidence and veterinary advice.