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Avian Flu Update: Tankerness, Orkney

The following cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 were confirmed at premises in Scotland from 1 October 2022:

  • near Tankerness, Orkney
  • on the island of Lewis, Outer Hebrides

Avian influenza is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of avian influenza in poultry or captive birds you must report it immediately by contacting your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Field Services Office. Failure to do so is an offence.

Recent Wild Bird Findings:

In the 2022/23 HPAI outbreak season (from 1 October 2022), positive wild bird findings have been identified in Highland.

In the 2021/22 HPAI outbreak season, positive wild bird findings were identified in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll and Bute, Clackmannanshire, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Dumfries and Galloway, East Dunbartonshire, City of Edinburgh, East Lothian, Falkirk, Fife, Glasgow City, Highland, Midlothian, Moray, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Orkney, Perth and Kinross, Renfrewshire, Scottish Borders, Shetland, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

In Great Britain, if you find:

  • a single dead bird of prey
  • three dead gulls or wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), or
  • five or more dead wild birds of any other species

at the same place at the same time, you should report them to Defra’s national GB telephone helpline: 03459 33 55 77. It is advisable that you do not touch these birds.

All findings of HPAI in wild birds in Great Britain are published weekly.

map showing all HPAI cases is also available.

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