Avian influenza (bird flu) in winter 2016 to 2017

From: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Food Standards Agency and Public Health England
First published: 23 December 2016
Last updated: 7 February 2017, see all updates
Part of: Animal and plant health and Food and farming industry

The latest situation on avian influenza (bird flu) in the UK and advice on how to reduce the risks.

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease of birds. The H5N8 strain of the disease has been found in wild and farmed birds in the UK. A number of measures are in place to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.
Public Health England advises that the risk to public health is very low and the Food Standards Agency has said there is no food safety risk for UK consumers.
Where avian influenza has been confirmed, we put restrictions in place to limit the spread of disease, and investigate the source of the infection.

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