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Disease control and outbreaks

Avian Influenza (bird flu)

Reporting dead wild birds

  • The APHA carries out year-round surveillance of dead wild birds submitted via public reports and warden patrols as part of its wild bird surveillance programme.
  • In Great Britain members of the public are encouraged to report findings of dead wild birds using the online reporting system or by calling the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77).
  • APHA and their contractors then collect some of these birds and test them to understand what the risk posed to poultry and other captive birds. They do this though understanding how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of wild bird. Not all birds will be collected.
  • Find out more on disposing of dead wild birds not required for surveillance.

GB Avian Influenza wildlife interactive map & data dashboard

Reporting suspicion of influenza of avian origin in wild mammals

  • Avian influenza (bird flu) viruses can also infect mammals
  • Find out how the APHA monitor spill over of avian influenza virus from wild birds to wild mammals on GOV.UK.
  • If members of the public find a dead wild carnivore (e.g. fox, otter, pine marten, stoat, weasel, pole cat, mink) or marine mammal (e.g. seal, dolphin, porpoise, whale) where the cause of death is unknown, or the animal has shown signs of respiratory or neurological disease prior to death they should report it immediately to APHA by calling: 03000 200 301 (if you’re in England).

Animal diseases

Non-seasonal or zoonotic influenza viruses

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has detected a single confirmed human case of influenza A(H1N2)v. Influenza A(H1N2)v is similar to flu viruses currently circulating in pigs in the UK. More information in available via the GOV.UK website.

There is also advice for people with respiratory symptoms.

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