The chief veterinary officer (CVO) for the Isle of Man, Amy Beckett, confirmed a case of avian influenza (bird flu) on the island yesterday (Wednesday, December 28).

The disease was confirmed in poultry in the Patrick area of the island. Disease control measures were introduced after confirmation of the case.

A Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone were declared around the infected premises.

The declaration of a Protection Zone and Surveillance Zone imposes legal obligations on keepers in these zones, Beckett said.

The outbreak comes after the disease was detected in geese in October. It was reported that dead geese were found in Ayre on the Isle of Man and, following tests, bird flu was confirmed as the cause.


The Isle of Man government has called for all birdkeepers to practice good biosecurity to prevent more outbreaks of the disease.

Essential biosecurity and housing requirements for keepers of ducks, geese and poultry on the island include:

  • Housing your ducks, geese & poultry. If you do not have purpose-built housing you could use a garden shed or polytunnel, as long as there is adequate light, space and ventilation;
  • Ensuring there are no leaks or other forms of water ingress to the house/ building where you house your birds;
  • Seeking guidance from your vet if you have concerns regarding your birds’ health and welfare needs due to new housing requirements;
  • If it is impossible for you to completely house your birds, you must separate them from wild birds;
  • Providing an enclosure or temporary structure that is fully netted (holes no greater than 2-5cm diameter),there are some examples over the page;
  • If there are any gaps in your housing where wild birds could get in, block them, or cover with netting;
  • Partially enclosed birds must be kept separate from any fully housed birds;
  • Feed and water must be provided indoors or undercover.

Practices in relation to the cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, hard surfaces and footwear are also strongly encouraged.