Information on current notifiable disease restrictions affecting livestock in the East Riding.
Outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in poultry in England and Wales. Protection and surveillance zones are in place around the infected premises. Avian Influenza has also been found in the wild bird population, meaning the risk of further disease outbreak across the country remains high.
The East Riding of Yorkshire remains within the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. All poultry keepers continue to be required by law to take a range of biosecurity precautions and other measures to protect their birds from disease spread by wild birds. These measures will remain in place until 30th April 2017.
From 28th February 2017, a number of areas close to substantial inland or coastal bodies of water have been defined as 'higher risk areas'.
Defra has produced an interactive map for people to check if they are in a higher risk area:
Defra - bird flu interactive map (external website - opens in new window)
Poultry and captive birds at premises within the higher risk areas must continue to be housed or kept in fully netted enclosures.
Only on premises outside of the higher risk areas are poultry and captive birds allowed managed access to outdoor / range areas.
DEFRA have produced detailed advice on the prevention zone requirements from 28th February, including the measures required to enable access to ranges:
Defra - Bird flu prevention zone rules - 28th February 2017 (pdf 323kb opens in new window)
The latest information on Avian Influenza and guidance on how to fulfil the requirements of the zone can be found on the DEFRA web pages (opens in new window) or telephone the DEFRA helpline on 03459 335577 or the council's Animal Health team on 01482 393939.
The maintenance of strict biosecurity procedures will minimise the risk of infection, whilst remaining vigilant for signs of disease and reporting suspicions immediately.
Further information on bio-security and the signs of disease can be found on the DEFRA pages on the GOV.UK website:
GOV.UK - Controlling disease in farm animals (external website)
DEFRA have produced a factsheet on how to keep birds safe from Avian Influenza (bird flu):
Bird flu factsheet (pdf 714kb opens in new window)
There is also specific guidance on biosecurity for captive birds in prevention zones:
Captive birds biosecurity preventing disease (pdf 225kb opens in new window)
If you notice signs of any notifiable disease in your livestock, you must report them immediately to your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office.
The East Riding is in the APHA North Region and can be contacted on:
Telephone: 03000 200 301
More information about notifiable diseases in animals can be found on the DEFRA pages on the GOV.UK website:
GOV.UK - Notifiable diseases in animals (external website)