2 bird flu clusters in the UK confirmed as highly pathogenic

Two separate outbreaks of H5N8 bird flu in the UK have been confirmed as highly pathogenic by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

24 November 2020, at 8:00am

The UK’s APHA has issued a public update on two outbreaks of H5N8 bird flu. The outbreak recorded in poultry and captive birds near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire and the outbreak in captive birds at a wetland centre near Stroud, Gloucestershire have both been confirmed as highly pathogenic.

For the outbreak in Leicestershire, health authorities have maintained the 3km and 10km temporary control zone.

The APHA has opted for a different strategy for the cases in Gloucestershire. The 3km and 10km temporary control zones have been revoked and a 3km Captive Bird (Monitoring) Controlled Zone is now in place.

Click here to read the UK’s complete bird flu guidance.