Bird flu - What is bird flu and the Council's role?

Bird flu is a highly infectious disease that affects many species of birds, including commercial, wild and pet birds. Some strains of avian influenza may have the capacity to affect other animals and humans - particularly those in close contact with poultry.

The Council's role is to support the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). In the course of an outbreak, DEFRA will co-ordinate the response at a national and local level.

Additionally the Council will support the Department of Health who will lead on the Health response arising from any pandemic illness. The Department of Health provides support to the NHS in preparing pandemic flu guidance. This guidance will determine the UK's response to any pandemic incident.

In the event of a serious epidemic, the Council will assist the Health Authorities in circulating public information, opening flu vaccination centres at strategic points throughout the District and being prepared to implement their mass casualty contingency plans. The Council will also provide information to farmers and those in rural areas, and will assist with monitoring the spread of any outbreak.



Last Updated on Friday, September 14, 2018