Bird flu - I have found a dead bird in the garden. What should I do?

Leave it alone, or

  • follow the guidelines below for disposal
  • People should follow some simple hygiene precautions that should minimise the risk of infection. It is hard for people to catch avian influenza from birds. The following simple steps are also effective in reducing the risk still further.

Avoid touching the bird with your bare hands

  • If possible, wear disposable protective gloves when picking up and handling (if disposable gloves are not available a plastic bag can be used as a make-shift glove). When the dead bird has been picked up, the bag can be turned back on itself and tied. It should then be placed in a second plastic bag, tied and disposed of in the normal household waste
  • Place the dead bird in a suitable plastic bag, preferably leak proof. Care should be taken not to contaminate the outside of the bag
  • Tie the bag and place it in a second plastic bag
  • Remove gloves by turning them inside out and then place them in the second plastic bag. Tie the bag and dispose of in the normal household refuse bin.
  • Hands should then be washed thoroughly with soap and water
  • Alternatively, the dead bird can be buried, but not in a plastic bag
  • Any clothing that has been in contact with the dead bird should be washed using ordinary washing detergent at the temperature normally used for washing the clothing.

Any contaminated indoor surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned with normal household cleaner.



Last Updated on Friday, September 14, 2018