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Avian Influenza update (H5N8)

A 3 km Protection Zone and a 10km Surveillance Zone is currently in place around one premises near Diss, South Norfolk.

10km Surveillance Zones are currently in place around 2 premises near Thornton, Wyre, Lancashire.

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has now been lifted across most of England and replaced by a new Prevention Zone that applies only to certain areas of Lancashire, Cumbria and Merseyside.

The advice from Public Health England (PHE) is that the threat to human health is very low. For more information, including notification of suspect disease, contact Defra on 03000 200301.

See the GOV.UK website for the latest information and guidance.

Legislation exists to protect both human, through the food chain, and animal health. This prevents the introduction of serious, notifiable diseases such as Foot and Mouth and includes requirements for maintaining records and ensuring livestock are identified. Measures also exist to protect the welfare of livestock, whether on farms, in transit or at abattoirs.

We work with the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the RSPCA, to ensure the above.

This Farm Regulators' Charter sets out what you can expect from a farm visit by a regulator and what your responsibilities are.

If you are a new livestock keeper please ensure that you have obtained a holding number from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on 01900 700310 and then a herd/flock number from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (AHPA a DEFRA agency) on 03000 200 301. We will then be notified.

Who to contact

  • Consumers, contact Citizens Advice consumer service on 03454 04 05 06.
  • Livestock keepers in Buckinghamshire or Surrey, contact us on 01296 388 788
  • Animal health emergencies, please note that we no longer operate an out of hours service. To report a notifiable disease or serious welfare problem in farmed animals, please contact Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) on 03000 200 301
  • Pet Travel Scheme helpline 0370 241 1710

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