Avian influenza confirmed on poultry farm in south Derbyshire

A strain of highly pathogenic Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain has been confirmed in captive birds and poultry at a premises near Willington, south Derbyshire.

A 3km ‘Protection Zone’ and a 10km ‘Surveillance Zone’ have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

Within the Protection and Surveillance Zones, different controls are in place to prevent the spread of disease.

These include restrictions on the movement of poultry and captive birds, carcasses, eggs, used poultry litter and manure.

Poultry keepers in the Protection and Surveillance Zones can now use a number of general licences that have been made available for certain movements and/or apply for movement licences for some specific movements from or into the zone.

There are also restrictions on bird gatherings (fairs, shows, exhibitions) and the release of game birds.

Further confirmed H5N8 cases

On December 13, highly pathogenic Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain was confirmed in captive birds (non-poultry premises) in a wild bird rescue near Droitwich Spa, Wychavon, Worcestershire.

All birds on the premises will be humanely culled to prevent the spread of the disease.

On December 5, another case of highly pathogenic Avian influenza of the H5N8 strain was confirmed in rearing turkeys at a premises near King’s Lynn, Norfolk.

All birds on the infected premises will also be humanely culled to limit the spread of the disease.