Bird flu case confirmed at West Midlands premises

A case of avian influenza (bird flu) has been confirmed in a small poultry unit at a premises near Alvester, Bidford, in Warwickshire, as the UK continues to carry out preventative measures to curb the spread of the disease.

Multiple cases of bird flu have been confirmed across Great Britain and other countries recently, as a result of wild birds spreading the disease as they migrate for the winter.

A temporary control zone of 3km and 10km has peen declared for the surrounding area of the Warwickshire premises.

The rest of Great Britain, as of November 3, in under a declared Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ). Under the APIZ, all bird keepers are required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions.

Farmers can see if their area is in a high-risk or control- zone by using the Animal and Plant Health Agency’s (APHA’s) interactive map here.

From today, November 8, no gatherings of poultry,  galliforme or anseriforme birds are permitted.

Galliforme birds include pheasants, partridge, quail, chickens, turkey and guinea fowl. Anseriforme birds include ducks, geese and swans.

Although the avian influenza is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be passed form animals to humans, the current risk of this is low.