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Avian influenza (bird flu): how to spot and report the disease

Published: 29 Dec 2020
Last updated: 12 Jan 2021 - see all updates

Advice on what to do if you suspect there is an outbreak of avian influenza.

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Avian influenza (bird flu): how to spot and report the disease
Biosecurity

Biosecurity

Biosecurity means simple procedures or steps you can take to prevent disease. The risk of bird flu in the UK from wild birds never disappears completely so it is essential that bird keepers maintain effective biosecurity all year round. An outbreak of bird flu in a small hobby or backyard flock can have an impact on the commercial poultry sector through both the introduction of movement restrictions and temporary loss of exports with other countries.

Biosecurity guidance for all bird keepers

Read the biosecurity guidance below, which includes details of measures that should be taken in an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. Complete the biosecurity self-assessment checklist to ensure you are complying with the mandatory biosecurity requirements.

There are simple actions that can be taken to help reduce the chance of your birds becoming infected. A variety of further guidance is available:

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Contact

Email: AHWContingencyPlanning@gov.scot

Animal Health and Welfare 
Scottish Government
Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate
Saughton House
Edinburgh
 

First published: 29 Dec 2020 Last updated: 12 Jan 2021 -