From 17:00 on 11 November 2020 an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in England. Keepers of such birds must follow detailed requirements on strict biosecurity measures.
The measures have been introduced because of the recent number of confirmed cases of Avian Influenza in England. Avian Influenza is also present in Europe, and wild bird migration brings birds to the UK from areas where highly pathogenic Avian Influenza is present.
Information regarding the latest situation on Avian Influenza, including details of the Prevention Zone requirements, can be found here.
Public Health England advises that the threat to human health remains very low. Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenzas pose a very low food safety risk for UK consumers.
Avian influenza is unconnected with coronavirus (COVID-19).