Avian Influenza: A Disease Guide

On 27th October 2021, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 was confirmed on a premises in Worcester. Since this case, bird keepers have continued to face the worst-ever avian influenza outbreak ever confirmed on British shores. 

Between the 27th October 2021 and 30th September 2022, the UK saw over 150 cases of the disease on premises across the UK, not including those detected in wild birds. 

Our avian influenza spotlight breaks down the current landscape across the UK, the history of the disease, what it is, how to detect it and the ways in which bird keepers can prevent the incursion of deadly pathogens.


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What you should know about avian influenza

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With the current threat level for avian influenza in wild birds being classified as very high and high in poultry, or medium where good standards of biosecurity are maintained, it is critical that bird keepers, farm workers and those within the industry understand the disease.

In our spotlight, we examine a range of the aspects surrounding avian influenza, including:

  • What is avian influenza?
  • Avian influenza in the UK
  • The different types of avian influenza
  • The signs of avian influenza
  • Virus survivability
  • What to do if avian influenza is suspected
  • Where avian influenza came from
  • How Livetec can help




Mitigating the risks of disease incursion

There is no substitute for biosecurity planning and maintaining high levels of biosecurity throughout the year. They provide the most effective way to mitigate disease incursion.

Livetec are building the future of biosecurity protection, fuelled by years of scientific research and a presence at every notifiable disease outbreak due to our partnership with Defra and APHA.

We specialise in effective biosecurity solutions for all farm business large and small. Our team of experts have real world experience with creating robust biosecurity solutions that will greatly reduce the risk of an outbreak at your business. 

Our services include:

  • Biosecurity advisory service
  • Contingency plan
  • Biosecurity plan
  • Infected premises response plan
  • National outbreak plan
  • Cleaning and disinfection plan

Find out more about how the Livetec team can help you protect your business with our suite of bespoke biosecurity plans here.