Animal disease advice
Avian Influenza (Bird Flu)
Update on Bird Flu in Dorset: change to controls
Bird flu has now been found in wild birds in South Dorset.
From 12 January 2018, a new avian influenza prevention zone applies to everyone who keeps poultry or captive birds in specific, targeted areas of South Dorset.
Advice for people who keep birds
Poultry keepers need to remain vigilant and follow the updated advice on the Defra website.
Can people catch bird flu?
There have never been any reported cases of the H5N8 virus being transmitted to humans. Public Health England's advice is that the risk posed by this strain to human health is 'very low'.
Is there a risk to dogs?
Dogs are not natural hosts for bird flu and there have been no reported cases of them becoming infected by picking up dead birds. However, as a precaution you should take reasonable measures to prevent your dog coming into direct contact with wildfowl and ensure that they do not eat dead birds.
Reporting dead birds
If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds such as gulls or birds of prey, you can report it to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
The birds will be collected and tested to help understand how the disease spreads geographically and in different types of bird.
Contact us if you are concerned that poultry keepers in Dorset are not protecting their birds.