Disease outbreak affecting livestock

What are the current notifiable disease restrictions affecting livestock in the East Riding?

Avian flu (bird flu) has been confirmed on a duck breeding farm in Nafferton. Public health risk is very low and there is no risk to the food chain.

Read more about the council's response to avian flu at East Yorkshire farm.

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I own a few chickens/hens, should I be worried?

No matter how few birds you own or keep, if you live within the 10km surveillance zone (see map below) you are being requested to register your animals by calling the Poultry Register Helpline on 0800 634 1112:

Avian flu 10km surveillance zone (pdf 1mb opens in new window)

This is to enable the authorities to assist in complying with the Government’s statutory requirements where needed.

Read about the symptoms of avian flu in poultry and the risk of avian flu to humans.

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I bought some eggs locally yesterday, will they be safe to eat?

Yes, local eggs are safe to purchase and eat, subject to normal food preparation and cooking guidance.

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I live near a farm with poultry, what should I do?

The advice is that the risk to human public health is extremely low. People are advised to follow normal hygiene practices when dealing with poultry or eggs or when feeding wild birds and animals at duck ponds or in the garden; that is to thoroughly wash your hands afterwards. 

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What are the symptoms of avian flu in birds?

There are two types of avian flu. Highly pathogenic avian flu (HPAI) is the more serious type and is often fatal in birds. 

The main clinical signs of HPAI in birds are:

  • swollen head
  • blue discolouration of neck and throat
  • loss of appetite
  • respiratory distress such as gaping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling, rattling
  • diarrhoea
  • fewer eggs laid


Low pathogenic avian flu (LPAI) is usually less serious. It can cause mild breathing problems but affected birds will not always show clear signs of infection.
The severity of LPAI depends on the type of bird and whether it has any other illnesses.

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What is the risk of avian flu to humans?

Some strains of avian flu can pass to humans but this is very rare and it usually requires very close contact between the human and infected birds.
The Food Standards Agency advises that properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.
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How is avian flu spread?

The disease spreads from bird to bird by direct contact or through contaminated body fluids and faeces. 

The avian flu virus changes frequently, creating new strains, but there is no evidence that any recent strain of avian flu has been able to spread directly between humans.

Read more information about avian flu on the GOV.uk website:

Avian flu - GOV.uk (external website)

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Who can I contact if I have any queries about avian flu?

Contact the animal health duty officer by:

Email: animal.health@eastriding.gov.uk

Telephone: (01482) 396107

Fax: (01482) 396191

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