When there's talk of a disease outbreak it's only natural to worry about pets or livestock.

Find out where you can get the latest information, and what to do if you suspect that some animals you own or have seen may be infected.

General advice

  • Seek advice from your vet
    If you are concerned about the health of your animals, you should always seek expert advice from your vet.
  • Keep up-to-date with Defra
    The latest information on disease outbreaks, including precautions to take and how to report disease, is available from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). 

    Visit the Defra website
    Call the Defra Helpline: 08459 33 55 77
    Email: helpline@defra.gsi.gov.uk
  • Contact us
    If you are worried about the health or welfare of some animals you have seen, call our 24-hour cruelty line: 0300 1234 999.


You may have seen news recently about bird flu detected in wild birds in England.

For the latest information and advice, including how to keep your own poultry safe in England, please visit the Defra website.

For poultry keepers in Wales, please see the Welsh Government website.

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