England declared a PREVENTION ZONE for Avian Influenza

 The Chief Veterinary Officer has declared England a Prevention Zone to help protect poultry from a strain of Avian Influenza currently circulating in mainland Europe.

 Guidance on Avian Influenza has been updated on the GOV.UK website (link below) and DEFRA have also issued a press release with advice to poultry owners and farmers (second link below).  Their guidance document “Biosecurity and preventing disease in captive birds within a Prevention Zone”, has also been updated. (copy attached.)

DEFRA have set up a help line : 03459335577 (within the UK)

GOV.UK Guidance Avian Influenza updated 061216:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/avian-influenza-bird-flu

DEFA Press Release 061216:  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-measures-to-protect-poultry-against-avian-flu

Tendring Council officers will be:

  • Liaising with facilities where “captive” birds are kept, ie petting zoos
  • Issuing a press release in support of the DERA advice and Helpline information
  • Re-tweeting DEFRA advice and Helpline information

 If you are aware of members in your community who have “captive” birds, please make them aware of this information.