Emergency powers are available to deal with outbreaks of animal diseases such as foot and mouth, and we will ensure that comprehensive arrangements are in place to respond not only to the more common animal health incidents but also the more serious and widespread incidents such as foot and mouth disease and Rabies.

Bird flu

Defra has announced that the whole of England is a Bird Flu Prevention Zone

Status from 18 January 2018

To ensure good biosecurity, all poultry keepers should:

  • minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures
  • clean footwear before and after visiting birds, using a Defra approved disinfectant at entrances and exits
  • clean and disinfect vehicles and equipment that have come into contact with poultry
  • keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways
  • humanely control rats and mice
  • place birds’ food and water in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any spilt feed regularly
  • keep birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around outdoor areas they access
  • keep a close watch on birds for any signs of disease and report any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to your vet

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