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Animal disease advice from Dorset trading standards

The latest information about diseases affecting farm animals.

Update on Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) in Dorset: change to controls

From 15 May 2017, Defra have relaxed the controls on bird gatherings, such as markets and shows, in Dorset.  For the latest information please check the Defra web page (opens in a new window).

Advice for people who keep birds

Poultry keepers need to remain vigilant and follow the updated advice on the Defra web pages (opens in a new window).

Can people catch bird flu?

There have never been any reported cases of the H5N8 virus being transmitted to humans. Public Health England's advice is that the risk posed by this strain to human health is 'very low'.

Is there a risk to dogs?

Dogs are not natural hosts for bird flu and there have been no reported cases of them becoming infected by picking up dead birds. However, as a precaution you should take reasonable measures to prevent your dog coming into direct contact with wildfowl and ensure that they do not eat dead birds.

Reporting dead birds

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds such as gulls or birds of prey, you can report it to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.

The birds will be collected and tested to help understand how the disease spreads geographically and in different types of bird.

If you are concerned that poultry keepers in Dorset are not protecting their birds you can contact trading standards animal health team on 01305 224475 or email

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