Avian Influenza

Since 1 October 2022 there have been a number of cases of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza (HPAI) in England.

This is primarily a disease of birds. The risk to the general public is extremely low and they should not be unduly concerned.

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

There is now a legal requirement for all bird keepers toimplement enhanced biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks (opens new window).

All poultry and bird keepers are urged to follow best practice. These are requirements within theAvian Influenza Protection Zone (opens new window)

Report of Dead Bird

In general, members of the public should not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that they find. They should call the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) if they find:

  • one or more dead bird of prey or owl
  • 3 or more dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese and ducks)
  • 5 or more dead birds of any species

For further details- and updates,  please visit Norfolk Council Animal Health (opens new window)

Last updated: 22/05/2024 15:30:32