Current notifiable disease restrictions affecting livestock in the East Riding, protecting your livestock and reporting concerns.
‘Notifiable’ diseases are animal diseases that you’re legally obliged to report to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), even if you only suspect they are affected.
Notifiable diseases can be:
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) provides more information about notifiable diseases in animals on the GOV.UK website.
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) has been declared covering the whole of England.
This means it is mandatory for all captive bird keepers in England to put enhanced biosecurity measures in place. This Zone will be in place until further notice and will be kept under regular review as part of the work to monitor the threat of bird flu. It is vital that anyone who keeps birds, whether a few in a back garden or thousands on a commercial unit is vigilant. All poultry keepers should:
The latest information information on avian influenza, the prevention zone and biosecurity can be found on the GOV.UK website.
You can also call:
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra): (03459) 335577
The maintenance of strict biosecurity procedures will minimise the risk of infection, as will remaining vigilant for signs of disease and reporting suspicions immediately.
Read information about controlling disease in farm animals on the GOV.UK website.
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) have produced some useful guidance on protecting poultry:
Defra - Help protect your birds from the risk of bird flu (1mb)
Defra - Biosecurity and preventing disease in poultry and captive birds (359kb)
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:
Tel: 03000 200 301
Please note: If you find dead wild birds such as swans, geese, ducks, gulls or birds of prey, you should report this to the Defra helpline, as they may want to collect and test them for bird flu.
Tel: 03459 33 55 77
Report a concern about animal disease controls