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Highly pathogenic avian influenza confirmed in commercial poultry in Suffolk, UK

Christian Fernsby |
Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed in birds at a premises near Stowmarket, Mid Suffolk, Suffolk on the 28 March 2022.

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

Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zones surrounding the following premises, the 10km Surveillance Zones have been revoked:

• near Louth, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
• second premises near Louth, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire

All local restrictions around these premises have been lifted but the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, including the requirement to house all birds remains in force.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was also confirmed on 27 March 2022 in commercial poultry at a second premises near Woodbridge, East Suffolk, Suffolk.

All poultry on the infected premises will be humanely culled. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone replaced the 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone put in place around the premises on 25 March.

Following successful completion of disease control activities and surveillance within the zones surrounding the following premises, the 10km Surveillance Zones have been revoked:
• second premises near North Somercotes, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire
• near North Somercotes, East Lindsey, Lincolnshire

All local restrictions around these premises have been lifted but the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, including the requirement to house all birds remains in force.

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


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