UK-wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone now in force
A UK-wide Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been introduced by Defra and the devolved administrations to minimise the spread of this highly pathogenic disease.
This is in addtion to the pre-existing regional AIPZ in Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex which includes a mandatory housing order for all poultry in these areas. The UK is now facing its largest ever outbreak of avian influenza (AI).
The orders can be viewed here:
- England (excluding East Anglia) - AIPZ
- Scotland - AIPZ
- Wales - AIPZ
- Northern Ireland - AIPZ
- East Anglia - Regional AIPZ
Members and participants are advised to be aware of, and follow, any additional biosecurity measures implemented by customers or suppliers, and to assist the authorities promptly if requested to provide information about vehicle and personnel movements linked to an outbreak.
It is also important to note that the requirements of the AIPZ apply to small domestic flocks, not just commercial poultry premises.
Guidance for poultry keepers can be found here:
- "Stop the spread" webinars - GOV.UK
- Biosecurity advice, including downloadable and printable resources - GOV.UK
- Current AI risk level - GOV.UK
- General biosecurity advice for member and participants is also available on the AIC Website
AIC is in contact with APHA to ensure that the latest guidance appropriate to AIC members and participants is made available as soon as possible.
Members and participants with questions or concerns about AI guidance can email [email protected], and your queries will be passed on to the relevant member of our team.