Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5 Confirmed in Suffolk

11th December 2019

Notifiable LPAI H5 confirmed in broiler breeders in Suffolk

Current Disease situation

In the last few minutes, Defra has confirmed an outbreak of Low Pathogenic avian flu of the H5 strain at a commercial chicken farm in Mid Suffolk (nr Athlington). All birds on the premises will be humanely culled.

A restricted zone of 1km is in place around the infected premises as specified in the declaration applying these restrictions. Click on the link to access the declaration Declaration of a low pathogenic avian influenza restricted zone

Defra’s interactive map will help you find out if you live within the restricted zone.

Within this restricted zone a variety of different controls are in place to prevent the spread of disease. These include restrictions on the movement of poultry, carcases, eggs, used poultry litter and manure. Poultry keepers in the restricted zone can now apply for movement licences for some specific movements from the zone.

There are also restrictions on bird gatherings (fairs, shows, exhibitions) and the release of game birds.

Defra are taking immediate and robust action and an investigation is underway to determine the most likely source of this outbreak.

Public Health England has advised that the risk to public health from this strain is very low. Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.

Trade restrictions

As LPAI H5 is a notifiable disease, we can expect some trade restrictions as a number of EHCs may require country freedom LPAI so we will establish which ones they area. Other countries will apply regionalisation and we hope that they will go with the 1km restriction zone around the infected premises. Further information will follow.