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Disease outbreak affecting livestock

What are the 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.

The East Riding of Yorkshire remains within the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declared on 6th December 2016 covering the whole of Great Britain.

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 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 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 produced a bird flu factsheet for anyone who keeps poultry:

Bird flu factsheet (pdf 188kb 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)

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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

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)

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