Avian flu in Leicestershire

Published: Tuesday, 2 February 2021

Avian influenza (bird flu) is a disease that mainly affects wild and captive birds such as poultry and game birds.

Avian flu symptoms

Birds with avian influenza may have the following symptoms:

  • Swollen head
  • Blue discolouration of the neck or throat
  • Loss of appetite
  • Respiratory distress such as gasping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling and rattling
  • Diarrhoea
  • Increased mortality

Poultry keepers and members of the public must be vigilant.

You can read more about this and if you have spotted any poultry outside, you can help stop the spread of the disease and report it online here: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/business-and-consumers/trading-standards/avian-flu-in-leicestershire