Bird Flu confirmed at Diss, Norfolk

05 June 2017

The UK's Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has confirmed an outbreak of H5N8 avian flu in a small flock of chickens and geese at a premuses near Diss, Norfolk. 

A 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the diseas spreading.

The flock is estimated to contain approximately 35 birds. A number have died and the remaining birds are being humanely culled. A full investigation is underway to determine the source of the infection.

Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

Keepers are urged to continue to be vigilant and look out for the signs of avian flu in their flocks, informing the Animal and Plant Health Agency should they suspect infection.

Click here to read the latest advice and information on avian flu in the UK.