Precautionary measures in place following isolated Bird Flu case

Precautionary measures in place following isolated Bird Flu case

An isolated outbreak of Avian Influenza (otherwise known as Bird Flu) has been confirmed at a premises just outside Tolleshunt Major, Maldon.

The outbreak is in kept birds and there are no cases in people.

This is the third outbreak of Avian Influenza in Essex in the past year, however there is no evidence to suggest that any of the outbreaks are linked.

The response is being led by us, Maldon District Council and the Animal and Plant Health Agency.

Health officials have visited the site and taken several actions including testing and cleansing.

Avian Influenza is a disease which mainly affects birds, but on rare occasions, it can affect mammals including humans. Consequently, a number of precautionary measures are being put in place.

Officers will be visiting around 1,200 houses and commercial properties within a 3km Protection Zone to identify any poultry keepers. They will also explain the actions that need to be undertaken (including a requirement to house or keep poultry isolated) and advise who to contact in the event of a suspected case. Road signage will be erected on main roads entering or leaving the 3km zone.

The risk to the general public’s health is very low. However, anyone who is concerned should call NHS 111 or speak to their GP. People in direct contact with the affected birds have been contacted and offered appropriate preventative treatment.

Pet owners with other animals do not usually need to take other action. If a person has concerns regarding their pet, they should contact their private veterinary surgeon.

The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, Avian Influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

More information on Bird Flu is available at the Government website.

Last updated 7 September 2022