Bird flu outbreaks in West Cheshire
January 18, 2022
Cheshire East Council is working to support the response to two confirmed bird flu outbreaks in West Cheshire and Chester.
The homes are in premises close to the border with Cheshire East, near Aldersley and near Tarporley.
A protection zone of 3 km and a surveillance zone of 10 km have been set up around each outbreak. Protection zones require foot patrols around local premises by animal health officers and the non-movement of birds in or out of the zone. They do not restrict the movement of people.
Full details of measures, restrictions and activities for each zone are available here:
The UK Food Safety Agency (UKHSA) has confirmed that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said that bird flu poses a very low risk to food safety for UK consumers and does not does not affect consumption of poultry or eggs.
Bird keepers should remain alert for any signs of illness, report any suspected illness immediately, and ensure they maintain good biosecurity on their premises.
Residents are reminded not to touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds they find. If they find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, they should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 335577).