Avian Influenza

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 18th September 2015.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many avian influenza outbreaks there have been in each of the last five years.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

There were no outbreaks of avian influenza in Great Britain in 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013.

In 2014, there was one case of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in Yorkshire.

In 2015, there have been two cases of avian influenza: one low severity H7N7 case in Hampshire and one highly pathogenic H7N7 case in Lancashire. The two cases were not linked.

There has not been an outbreak of avian influenza in Northern Ireland in the past five years.

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