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Disease Updates: November

Update 18th Nov: Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been found at a premises near Willington, South Derbyshire, Derbyshire. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones are now in place.

Updated information. H5N1 avian influenza found at a premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire now confirmed as highly pathogenic.

Update 16th Nov: Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been found at a premises near Kirkham, Fylde, Lancashire. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones are now in place

Update 14th Nov: H5N1 avian influenza found at a premises near Leeming Bar, Hambleton, North Yorkshire now confirmed as highly pathogenic.

– H5N1 avian influenza found in birds at a premises near Salwick, Fylde, Lancashire now confirmed as highly pathogenic. 

Update 12th Nov: Updated information. H5N1 avian influenza found at a premises near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex now confirmed as highly pathogenic

Update 11th Nov: Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been found at a premises near Frinton-on-Sea, Tendring, Essex. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones are now in place. More information is available on GOV.UK

Update 8th Nov: Avian influenza H5N1 (pathogenicity to be confirmed) has been found at a premises near Alcester, Bidford, Warwickshire. 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zones are now in place. More information is available on GOV.UK.

Changes to bird shows, markets and gatherings general licences: Following a risk assessment and the introduction of a Great Britain-wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, the General Bird Gathering Licences have been amended to prohibit gatherings of poultry and specified species of birds. Changes take effect from 00:01 on Monday 8 November. Further information is available on GOV.UK, GOV.SCOT, and GOV.WALES

It is essential that all producers:
• Ensure covered boot dips are present at the entry points to sheds/ranges with DEFRA approved disinfectants that are replenished at least twice per week
• Discourage wild birds from visiting range areas
• Ensure bedding is stored in bird/vermin proof sheds
• Ensure all visitors sign the visitors’ books
• Ensure all people entering sites wear dedicated PPE
• Ensure all sheds are vermin/wild bird proof
• Ensure all sheds are well maintained to minimise the risk of water ingress.
Monitor your flocks closely for signs of AI:
• Snicking (sneezing)
• Increased mortality
• Reduced egg production
• Swelling/purple colouring of the birds’ heads
• Diarrhoea
• Nervous signs.

If you have any concerns regarding your flock or concerns regarding licensing, please contact us on 01392 872932.

St David’s Poultry Team clinical director, Richard Jackson explores the current AI situation in a podcast brought to you by Poultry Business magazine.

Listen now on all major podcast platforms or via the link below:
https://anchor.fm/poultry-today/episodes/A-producers-guide-to-avian-influenza-e1a21bj

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