UKFMC - Avian Flu Hazardous Waste Collection & Disposal

Avian Flu Detected in Two Poultry Workers – What Next?

The presence of influenza A (H5) virus in the two individuals working on an infected poultry farm in England highlights the importance of proactive testing and risk management. While neither worker displayed any symptoms of avian influenza, precautionary measures have been taken, including contact tracing. The UKHSA has not detected evidence of human-to-human transmission, and the overall risk to public health remains low.

Notifiable diseases in animals can have devastating consequences for animal health, public health, and the economy. The prevention of these diseases is crucial to safeguard the health and welfare of animals and people. In the United Kingdom, farmers, veterinary practices, and other stakeholders play a vital role in preventing the spread of notifiable diseases through effective biosecurity measures.

Here are some ways to prevent notifiable diseases like H5N1 in animals:

  1. Vaccination:
  2. Quarantine
  3. Biosecurity measures
  4. Reporting
  5. Education

Find out more about this in our recent article.


What should you do if you find a dead wild bird?

If you find a sick or dying wild bird, these can be reported to the landowner or to the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) helpline, telephone 03459 33 55 77. It is their decision to determine any further course of action. 

Find out more about this in our recent article.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has implemented an asymptomatic testing program to monitor individuals who have been in contact with infected birds. UKFMC, a trusted provider of specialised waste management services, is committed to addressing such situations and offers comprehensive solutions to mitigate the risks associated with avian flu.

Services Provided by UKFMC:

  1. Proper Disposal of Contaminated Material: UKFMC offers safe and efficient disposal services for contaminated material from infected poultry farms, ensuring responsible waste management to prevent the spread of avian flu.
  2. Risk Assessment and Management: Our expert team conducts thorough risk assessments, devising tailored strategies to minimize the risk of avian influenza transmission within poultry farms and among workers.
  3. Biosecurity Measures: UKFMC provides guidance and assistance in implementing effective biosecurity measures to prevent the introduction and spread of avian flu in poultry facilities.
  4. Training and Education: We offer comprehensive training programs to educate workers on the signs of bird flu, proper reporting protocols, and best practices for working with infected poultry, promoting a safer working environment.

Hazardous waste disposal, including animal by-products is a specialist field, in which UKFMC possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience, consequently we are fully compliant with all relevant legislation; in addition we can offer support and advice on completing all necessary documents and paperwork relating to the transport and disposal of your waste.

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