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Disease outbreak affecting livestock

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

There are currently no confirmed exotic notifiable disease outbreaks in the UK. However, on the 6th December 2016 an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was declared covering the whole of GB for 30 days.

The zone requires enhanced biosecurity measures and the immediate and compulsory housing of poultry or where this is not practical complete separation from contact with wild birds. For keepers of other captive birds they must take practical steps to keep these birds separate from wild birds.

The latest information on Avian Influenza and guidance on how to fulfill 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 councils Animal Health team on 01482 393939.

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How can I protect my livestock from disease?

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 published specific guidance on biosecurity for captive birds:

Captive birds biosecurity preventing disease (external pdf 183kb opens in new window)

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Who should I contact if I suspect a notifiable disease?

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

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