Why bird flu is being monitored

Bird flu can cause severe disease and high death rates in captive birds and domestic poultry.

This can impact on the production of poultry meat and eggs, and severely compromise the welfare of affected birds.

Current situation

The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was lifted at midday on 4 July 2023.

The risk level in kept birds has reduced, however the risk level in wild birds remains high so all bird keepers should continue to take steps to prevent bird flu and be vigilant for signs of disease.

All poultry gatherings including fairs, shows, and markets remain banned.

What bird keepers must do

Keepers should maintain good biosecurity and remain vigilant for signs of disease.

Additional mandatory restrictions apply in the disease control zones placed around infected premises. You can check if you are in a disease control zone area on the interactive map

More information 

You can find out more about the latest situation and details of the requirements of the prevention zone on GOV.UK.

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