Avian influenza (bird flu) is continuing to spread in east England, as two more outbreaks have been confirmed at premises in Suffolk and Oxfordshire.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) confirmed the H5N1 strain of the disease in poultry at the two sites yesterday (Tuesday, October 4).

The outbreak in Oxfordshire was confirmed at a premises near Faringdon, Vale of White House. The disease was confirmed at a second site in the Hadleigh, Babergh area in Suffolk.

In line with bird flu protocol, 3km Protection Zones and 10km Surveillance Zones have been put in place around each site.

All poultry on the infected premises will also be humanely culled.

Suspected cases

Defra also said that bird flu is suspected in poultry at two other premises in Norfolk yesterday.

The disease is suspected at a site near Wymondham, South Norfolk and another site near Attleborough, Breckland.

A 3km Temporary Control Zone A and a 10km Temporary Control Zone B have been put in place around each premises.

All poultry on these sites will also be humanely culled.

Bird flu

Since October 1, 2022, there have been six cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in England.

In total, there have been 140 cases in England since the outbreak began in October 2021.

Cases have also been confirmed at premises in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as the UK continues to experience its biggest-ever outbreak.

For details of cases and the measures that apply in the disease control zones, guidance is available on the Defra website.