Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) outbreak near Settle on 6 January 2017
The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has confirmed the presence of Avian Influenza in a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks on a farm near Settle in North Yorkshire on Friday 6 January 2017.
A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading. See this map of the protection and surveillance zones for details.
North Yorkshire's trading standards team is working closely with the Animal Health and Plant Agency and Defra (who are the leading the response to this outbreak) and have jointly taken swift action to limit the risk of the disease spreading. Restrictions are now in place around the affected premises and a full investigation is underway to determine the source of the infection.
Details of the outbreak are available from the GOV.UK website and from Defra.
The advice from Public Health England is that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency has made clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
For more information and guidance on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) including what to do if you suspect it and measures to prevent it, please visit the GOV.UK website for advice from DEFRA.
If you keep poultry, please follow the advice, issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer, for people with backyard poultry. This practical advice, for people with backyard poultry, gives information on how to limit the risk to their birds, by complying with the prevention order which legally requires them to keep birds separate from wild birds and practicing good biosecurity.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone that has been in place since 6 December 2016, has been extended until 28 February 2017. The zone requires keepers of poultry and other captive birds to continue to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate practical steps to keep them separate from wild birds.
Members of the public are encouraged to report dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls, or five or more dead wild birds of other species in the same location, to the Defra helpline on 03459 335577.