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Fifth outbreak of avian flu confirmed in Derbyshire

Published: 19 January 2023

An outbreak of avian flu has been confirmed at premises near Bakewell in the Derbyshire Dales.

The case of H5N1 avian influenza, also known as bird flu, was confirmed in a backyard flock after a visit to the premises by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), and a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone (CBMCZ) is now in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.

The case is the fifth outbreak to be confirmed in the county since April 2022.

Our trading standards officers are working closely with emergency planning and highways colleagues, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and APHA to control the outbreak.

Our highways officers will be putting road signs in place to warn people.

In addition to the requirement across England to keep poultry and other captive birds housed, keepers within the 3km CBMCZ must also:

  • keep a record of all poultry or poultry eggs that enter or leave their premises, except eggs that are being moved direct to wholesale or retail premises to be sold.

See if you are in the CBMCZ and check the rules for the zone.

Our trading standards officers, along with partner agencies, will be out in the area over the next few days knocking on doors in the 3km controlled zone to identify any households keeping any type of bird to warn them of new restrictions and help to stop the spread of the disease. They will also identify unregistered birds/flocks and report them back to Defra through APHA. All agencies involved are encouraging all keepers to register their poultry, even if only kept as pets, so that APHA can contact them during an outbreak. This is a legal requirement for people who have 50 or more birds.

Register your birds and find information on how to stop the spread of bird flu.

The latest outbreak follows the introduction of national measures to prevent bird flu cases last November, which made it mandatory for all bird keepers to house their flocks, whether backyard or commercial flocks.

UK Health Security Agency has confirmed that the risk of bird flu to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked eggs and poultry are safe to eat.

Our Cabinet Member for Health and Communities Councillor Carol Hart said:

“Unfortunately we have had another confirmed case of avian flu in Derbyshire and our trading standards officers are working with partner agencies to help reduce the spread of the disease.

“It’s really important that they identify anyone who has birds and ensure they know about the restrictions and follow the rules.

“The risk to public health is low and there will be road signs up in the area telling people they need to be aware.”

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a notifiable animal disease. Anyone suspecting any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds must report it immediately by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301. Failure to do so is an offence.

If anyone finds dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, they should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77 – select option 7). Defra has also launched a new online reporting system making it easier to report sightings of dead wild birds, backed by our trading standards team.