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Outbreak Case Summary
Since the first case confirmed in this outbreak on the 26 October 2021, 128 cases of avian influenza have been confirmed in the UK:
  • England: 106 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • Scotland: 11 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • Wales: 5 cases of HPAI H5N1
  • Northern Ireland: 6 cases of HPAI H5N1
This is now the largest ever UK outbreak of avian influenza (prior to this the largest number of cases was 26 cases in 2020/2021 and 13 cases in 2016/2017).
Bird keepers are reminded an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) remains in force across GB. See gov.uk/bird-flu for further information.
High standards of biosecurity must be maintained as good practice for the health of your bird. Good biosecurity is an essential defence against diseases such as avian influenza and is key to limiting the spread of avian influenza in an outbreak.
Keepers must keep a close watch on their birds for any signs of disease, and seek prompt advice from a vet if they have any concerns. Clinical signs indicative of avian influenza must be reported in England to Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. In Wales, contact 0300 303 8268. In Scotland, contact to the local Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.
Vet's PPE, during our outbreak, whilst we were helpless on the sidelines — Trudy Robertson, Wedderburn Waterfowl
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