Poultry keepers in NI can access an online map on the DAERA website that will show the boundaries currently in place around the two sites in NI that have had a confirmed outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 subtype of Avian Influenza (bird flu).

The map will help users to identify whether they are in, or close to the 3km Protection Zone and 10km Surveillance Zone currently around the sites in Lisburn and at Clough, Co Antrim. The movement of animals and products of animal origin both into and out of the Protection Zone require licencing, with licences also required on some movements within the Surveillance Zone.

In response to the heightened risk of bird flu, Minister Poots declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across NI from 1 December 2020, which requires all keepers of poultry and captive birds in NI to follow strict biosecurity measures. A mandatory housing order was brought in as a further measure from 23 December, while additional controls to increase the biosecurity of egg movements between companies was introduced on 15 January 2021.

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