Avian influenza (bird flu) was confirmed yesterday (October 3) in birds at a premises near Kidsgrove, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

In line with bird flu protocol from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), a 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone are now in place around the site.

All birds on the infected premises will be humanely culled.

This outbreak brings the total number of cases of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 strain in England to 138.

Bird flu – October

Four cases of bird flu have been confirmed since the start of this month.

Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) confirmed the disease at a second premises near Bury St. Edmunds in Suffolk on Saturday (October 1).

It was also confirmed at a third and fourth premises in Norfolk, both near Attleborough, Breckland.

Following a number of detections of bird flu in poultry and wild captive birds across east England, a regional Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared on September 27, active in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex.

Within the AIPZ, there is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to implement enhanced biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks.

For details of outbreaks and the measures that apply in the disease control zones in England, visit the Defra website.