Precautionary advice regarding avian flu

1 November 2022

There are reports of a small number of wild birds that have been found dead in Richmond upon Thames with suspected avian flu. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said that avian influenza is primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public’s health is very low.

The Food Standards Agency has said that on the basis of the current scientific evidence, avian influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers. Properly cooked poultry and poultry products, including eggs, are safe to eat.

There are number of precautions people can take to avoid contact with a bird with avian influenza:

  • When walking along the riverside, keep to footpaths and keep dogs on leads
  • Do not feed wild waterfowl (e.g. ducks, swans, geese)
  • Do not pick up or touch dead or sick wild birds
  • Do not touch wild bird feathers or surfaces contaminated with wild bird droppings
  • Please report dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese, or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey to Defra’s helpline on 03459 335577

If you keep poultry or other birds at your home or work, wash your hands and clean and disinfect your footwear before tending to your birds.

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Updated: 2 November 2022

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