Avian Influenza in the wild bird population of Huntingdonshire
The Animal and Plant Health Agency of confirmed avian influenza in the wild bird population in Huntingdonshire. This was first confirmed on 10th August and Huntingdon District Council have since sought advice and support from the Director of Public Health, UK Health Security Agency and the Animal & Plant Health Agency. This, unfortunately, means that the bird population in Huntingdonshire is now impacted by this disease. DEFRA have advised the Council that the disease can take 2-3 weeks to pass through a bird population. The risk to public health is very low.
Advice (this is headline information only, detail and links are available on our website):
If you have found a dead bird:
- If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey on HDC or public land, you should report them to the Huntingdonshire District Council Customer Service team on 01480 388640 for safe removal and disposal. Do not touch the bird.
If you have found a sick or injured bird:
- If you are concerned about sick or injured wildfowl in the Huntingdonshire area, you may contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999. Do not touch the bird.
If you have found and touched a sick or dead bird:
- Anyone who has been in contact with a sick or dead wild birds or their droppings, should practice good hygiene and follow NHS recommendations and thoroughly wash their hands in soap and water.
- Call a GP or NHS 111 if you experience any symptoms of bird flu and have visited an area affected by bird flu in the past 10 days. Your symptoms can be checked over the phone.
We would ask that all enquires for information/action are directed to our website www.huntingdonshire.gov.uk/birdflu or Customer Services 01480 388640 so they can be dealt with effectively.
Posted: Fri, 12 Aug 2022 13:36 by JC