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Animal disease control

Current notifiable disease restrictions affecting livestock in the East Riding, protecting your livestock and reporting concerns.

What is a 'notifiable disease'?

‘Notifiable’ diseases are animal diseases that you’re legally obliged to report to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), even if you only suspect they are affected.

Notifiable diseases can be:

  • endemic – already present in the UK, such as 'bovine TB'
  • exotic – not normally present in the UK, such as 'foot and mouth disease' and avian influenza (bird flu).

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) provides more information:

GOV.UK - Notifiable diseases in animals (external website)

Are there any current notifiable disease restrictions affecting livestock or poultry in the East Riding?  

Cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 have been confirmed on premises in the East Riding. All poultry on the premises will be humanely culled. A 3km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone are now in place around the affected premises. Details of the measures that apply in these zones can be found in the declarations on:

GOV.UK - Premises near Skirlaugh, East Riding of Yorkshire, confirmed on Saturday 24 December 2022 (external website)

GOV.UK - Premises near Hornsea, East Riding of Yorkshire, confirmed on Thursday 15 December 2022 (external website)

Cases of avian influenza (bird flu) continue to be identified throughout Great Britain. An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) (GOV.UK - external website) is in force across the whole of England, which legally requires all bird keepers across England to keep their birds housed and to follow strict biosecurity measures in order to limit the spread and to eradicate the disease.

For further information on the requirements see:

GOV.UK website - Bird flu (avian influenza): how to prevent it and stop it spreading (external website)

The latest information on all cases, the restrictions and an the DEFRA interactive map to check if an area falls within in a disease control zone can be found on the GOV.UK website - Avian influenza (external website).

Maintaining a high standard of biosecurity remains an important measure to help reduce the risk of further avian influenza (bird flu) outbreaks. Poultry and captive bird keepers should remain vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds, and seek prompt advice from their vet if they have any concerns. 

All poultry keepers are still encouraged to register their birds on the GB Poultry register so they can be contacted quickly if there is a disease outbreak in their area. This is a legal requirement for keepers of more than 50 birds and highly recommended for all keepers.

You can register your birds on the government's website at:

GOV.UK website - How to register your birds (external website)

Avian influenza (bird flu) mainly affects birds, although it can also affect humans and other mammals. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said the risk to the general public’s health is very low. People should not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that they find, advice on what to do if you find dead wild birds can be found on:

GOV.UK - Avian influenza (external website)

How can I protect my livestock and poultry from disease?

Livestock

The maintenance of strict biosecurity procedures will minimise the risk of infection, as will remaining vigilant for signs of disease and reporting suspicions immediately.

Read information about controlling disease in farm animals on the GOV.UK website.

Poultry

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have produced some useful guidance on protecting poultry:

Defra - Biosecurity and preventing welfare impacts in poultry and captive birds (pdf 350kb)

GOV.UK Website - Bird Flu Posters for bird keepers (external website)

Defra - Biosecurity self-assessment check list (word 22kb)

Who should I contact if I suspect a notifiable disease?

If you notice signs of any notifiable disease in your livestock, you must report them immediately to your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office.

The East Riding is in the APHA 'North Region' and can be contacted on:

Tel: 03000 200 301

Please note: if you find dead wild birds such as swans, geese, ducks, gulls or birds of prey, you should report this to the Defra helpline, as they may want to collect and test them for bird flu.

Tel: 03459 335577

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