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Avian influenza (bird flu) in Europe and in the UK

Preliminary and updated outbreak assessments for avian influenza (bird flu) in Europe and in the UK.

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16 March 2020: Highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe

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A preliminary outbreak assessment for avian influenza (H5 and H7 strains) in Europe and an updated outbreak assessment for H5N8 in Europe. These have also been updated to reflect the H5N6 case in the UK (Dorset) in January 2018.

We monitor any major, notifiable or new and emerging animal disease outbreaks worldwide. When we become aware of a new animal disease outbreak in the UK or another country, we may carry out a preliminary outbreak assessment.

Read our avian influenza (bird flu) detailed guidance for information about how to spot the disease, what to do if you suspect it and measures to prevent it.

Published 4 November 2016
Last updated 11 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Added update 16 for HPAI in Europe (7 May 2020).

  2. Added update 15 (21 April 2020).

  3. Added update 14 (3 April 2020).

  4. Added update 13: 24 March 2020.

  5. Added update 12 (16 March 2020).

  6. Added update 11 (19 February 2020).

  7. Added update 9 (22 January 2020) and 10 (12 February 2020).

  8. Added update 8 (14 January 2020) for Highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe.

  9. Added the 7 January 2020 update.

  10. Added the 19 July 2019 update.

  11. Added the latest situation assessment for highly pathogenic avian influenza in Europe (21 January 2019).

  12. Added the latest "Disease risk considerations supporting the definition of Avian Influenza Higher Risk Areas in England, Scotland and Wales" document.

  13. Added updated situation assessment #5 for Avian influenza (H5N8) in Bulgaria.

  14. Added preliminary outbreak assessment for highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N2) in poultry in Western Russia.

  15. Added the 9 July situation assessment for highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N6) in UK and Europe and highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8) in Europe and Western Russia.

  16. Added the updated Rapid Risk Assessment on the findings of H5N6 HPAI in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales.

  17. Added the 10 April situation assessment for highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N6) in UK and Europe and highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N8) in Europe.

  18. We’ve corrected the 14 February situation assessment to make it clear there is no HPAI in France. We have also updated a H5 outbreak to H5N3 at the request of the French authorities.

  19. We’ve corrected the location of one of the recent wild bird cases.

  20. Added findings of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) in wild birds in the UK and Ireland and Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) in poultry in France.

  21. Added the findings of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) in wild birds risk assessment.

  22. Added today's Rapid Risk Assessment on the finding of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) in wild birds in England and Wales.

  23. Added the Rapid Risk Assessment on the finding of H5N6 HPAI in wild birds in Dorset.

  24. Added the latest outbreak situation assessment.

  25. Update 17 (11 December 2017) added.

  26. Added update 16 (22 October 2017).

  27. Added the latest outbreak situation assessment.

  28. Latest update added.

  29. Added the latest outbreak situation assessment.

  30. Added the latest outbreak situation assessment (8 March).

  31. Added the updated outbreak assessment from 22 February 2017.

  32. New report added: Disease risk considerations supporting the definition of Avian Influenza Higher Risk Areas in England

  33. Added the updated outbreak assessment from 7 February 2017.

  34. Added the updated outbreak assessment from 19 January.

  35. Added the latest update.

  36. Added the latest (29 December) update.

  37. Added the latest update.

  38. Added the latest update.

  39. Added the latest update.

  40. Added the latest updated situation assessment.

  41. Added the updated outbreak assessment for H5N8 avian influenza in Europe.

  42. Added the updated outbreak assessment for H5N8 avian influenza in Europe.

  43. First published.