H5 avian influenza has been confirmed in turkeys on premises near Diss on the Norfolk/ Suffolk border. The precise identity of the virus is yet to be confirmed. The premises also house ducks and geese. Contingency plans have been activated, and Defra has confirmed that all birds on the premises will be slaughtered.
A 3 km Protection Zone and a 10 km Surveillance Zone are being established around the premises. Inside these zones, poultry movements will be restricted and all birds must be housed or otherwise isolated from contact with wild birds.
The RSPB continues to play an active part in Defra’s targeted surveillance programme for avian influenza, with nature reserves across England, Scotland and Wales contributing regular information.
There have been no cases of avian influenza in wild birds on the near continent since the middle of August.
On 25 June 2007, it was confirmed that H5N1, the highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza, has been found in six wild birds (mute swans and a Canada goose) in Nuremberg, south Germany. Protection and surveillance zones have been established in accordance with the disease control measures required under EU legislation.
A low pathogenic avian influenza H7N2 has been confirmed on a small farm located at Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, near Cerrigydrudion in Conwy, north Wales
15 Rhode Island Red chickens were brought onto the farm on 7 May and one bird died on 8 May. By 17 May, 10 of the birds had died. Vets were called and the disease was confirmed. 30 other birds and two geese have been slaughtered as a precaution.
GB and Wales contingency plans have been activated. In line with this, the farm has been placed under restriction and a 1km restriction zone has been placed around the infected premises. Within this zone, birds and bird products cannot be moved, bird gatherings can only take place under licence from Animal Health.