Avian Influenza Vehicle Protocol

 

Avian influenza (AI) is a highly infectious and notifiable animal disease, which has been confirmed in a number of Northern Ireland flocks. 

*Strict biosecurity is critical to avoid the spread of AI*

Vehicle hygiene is vital and full compliance with current biosecurity measures on farm premises must be adhered to so as to ensure that the significant risk posed by animal disease outbreaks and the potential for the spread of disease by vehicles is minimised.

You are encouraged to read and familiarise yourself with the full guidance issued by DAERA (see Downloads section of this website for DAERA Avian Influenza Protocol for Vehicles operating within Disease restricted Zones - http://www.nigta.co.uk/downloads).

Summary of key points:

  • Keep deliveries and lorry movements within the restricted zones to a minimum (whether poultry or non-poultry calls).
  • Clean and disinfect all vehicles before leaving restricted zones and when leaving from/returning to base. Pay close attention to wheels and guidance provided.
  • Park on hard standing away from farm animals/excreta, and avoid turning in these areas, where possible.
  • Wear appropriate PPE AT ALL TIMES while on premises in restricted zone.
  • Avoid entering poultry houses if at all possible.
  • Use DAERA approved disinfectant with dilution rates applied as per ‘POULTRY DISEASES’ - Approved Disinfectants | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk) 

 

DAERA operate an avian influenza text alert service, which you are encouraged to sign up to so as to keep up to date with the latest news.  You will receive immediate notification of any disease outbreak or other important disease information.

Simply text ‘BIRDS’ to 67300.

 

The following link provides access to a map showing the Protection and Surveillance Zones for AI in Northern Ireland –  https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/services/avian-influenza-map-viewer

 

For more information on AI and the evolving situation please visit the DAERA website - https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/avian-influenza-ai