Bird flu confirmed at premises in Cumbria

Two more cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (bird flu) H5N1 has been confirmed at premises in Cumbria.

Bird flu was confirmed at a premises near Lazonby, Eden, Cumbria yesterday (Tuesday, January 4).

All kept birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled and a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the premises.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1was previously confirmed in poultry in Cumbria at a premises near Silecroft, Copeland, in November 2021. Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zones, the 3km Protection Zone in place has ended and the 10km Surveillance Zone declared has been revoked.

Local movement restrictions have now been removed but the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) measures remain in place.

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) came into force across Great Britain on the November 3, 2021, and in Northern Ireland on the November 17, 2021. This was extended to include housing measures across the UK on the November 29, 2021.

These measures mean that it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers across the UK (whether they have pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard flock) to keep their birds indoors and follow strict biosecurity measures to limit the spread of and eradicate the disease. Separate AIPZ declarations are made in each UK administration.

Earlier this week, on Monday, January 3, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in birds at premises near Alford, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire. All birds on the infected premises will also be humanely culled and a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone put in place too.

The UK is currently experiencing its largest ever outbreak of avian influenza.