UK drops Avian Influenza Prevention Zone rule

The AIPZ was dropped midday August 16
calendar icon 19 August 2022
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The UK's Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) for poultry and captive birds, introduced to help stop the spread of avian influenza, has been lifted.

The enhanced biosecurity measures were brought in across Great Britain in November when there was a medium risk (meaning, event occurs regularly) for some poultry premises. The measures have been vital in protecting flocks across the country from the virus which is circulating in wild birds, said the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in a press release.

The risk of avian influenza has now reduced to low (meaning, event is rare but does occur) for all poultry. As a result, the mandatory requirements were lifted from midday on Tuesday 16 August.

Whilst the risk level in kept birds has reduced, all bird keepers should still follow enhanced biosecurity measures at all times to prevent the risk of future outbreaks.

All poultry gatherings, including at fairs, shows and markets, remain banned, due to a large number of flocks mixing together and the risk posed by any infections spreading across the country.

Additional mandatory restrictions apply in disease control zones in force surrounding infected premises where avian influenza has been confirmed in poultry or other captive birds.

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