08/02/2021 AI Confirmed in Redcar, North Yorkshire
Avian influenza H5N8 was confirmed in laying chickens at a small commercial premises near Redcar, Redcar and Cleveland on 6 February 2021. Further laboratory testing has confirmed this as a highly pathogenic strain (HPAI H5N8), a 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone have been declared around the premises (these revoke and replace the Temporary Control Zone declared on the 6 February 2021). All poultry on site will be humanely culled.
The flock is a small, 1,500 bird, commercial laying flock near Redcar, Redcar & Cleveland, selling eggs at the farm gate. Birds showed suspect clinical signs and APHA Weybridge test results confirmed presence of the H5N8 virus. The birds are normally free range but have been housed since the housing order came into place. The shed was unavoidably flooded last weekend in the heavy rains. The premises is additionally only 1.5 miles from the coast.
There have now been 22 cases of notifiable avian influenza (AI) this autumn and winter. Please refer to the gov website for further assistance or call our hen helpline on 01884 860084
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