Animal Diseases

17th October 2022

An Avian influenza Prevention Zone has been declared across Great Britain making it a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures.

Further information can be found here:

Animal and Plant Health

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council

Dorset Council Animal disease advice


Animal diseases which are of most concern to us in Dorset are those which are highly contagious and cause high fatality rates amongst our livestock or may infect people.

  • Foot and Mouth Disease
  • Rabies 


  • Damage to our agricultural and tourist economy
  • Mass cull / disposal of animal carcasses
  • Loss of livelihoods for farmers / farm workers / tourism
  • Public health risks  


  • Increased food costs to consumers
  • Impact on businesses

Risk Rating: Medium

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