Avian Influenza Information

Since the beginning of 2022, the increasing intensity of highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of seabirds in the Northern Hemisphere, around the Atlantic, Pacific Ocean and Southern Africa. It is possible that avian influenza will arrive in the Falkland Islands, with migratory birds as the most probable vectors. Migrant birds returning to the Islands and mixing with local wild birds could transmit the virus, this coincides with the arrival of penguins and other seabirds for the breeding season. It is also possible for avian influenza to be introduced to the Islands through visitors clothing and outdoor equipment entering the Islands.

Avian influenza Falkland Islands Guidance Booklet

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Avian Influenza Falkland Islands Guidance 2023 updated December 23
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Suspect and confirmed cases of avian influenza in the Falkland Islands

Last updated 22nd February 2024

DATE

AREA

SPECIES

DATE TESTED

RESULTS

ACTION

 30/10/2023

Stanley

 Southern Fulmar x1 bird
only; found dead

 30/10/2023 POSITIVE

02/11/2023 

 Isolated case - temporary control
zone Stanley environs
REVIEW 23/11/2023

TCZ lifted 23/11/2023

 13/11/2023

 Pebble Island

 Southern Fulmar x1 bird
only; found dead

 13/11/2023 POSITIVE

16/11/2023

 Isolated case - Level 1 response, increase biosecurtiy only
REVIEW 01/12/2023

IP lifted 01/12/2023

20/11/2023

 Saunders Island

 Black Browed Albatross x1
bird only; found dead

 20/11/2023 POSITIVE

23/11/2023

Isolated case - Level 1 response, increase biosecurity only
REVIEW 07/12/2023

IP lifted 07/12/2023

 15/12/2023

 Steeple Jason

Black Browed Albatross
approx 30 found dead

28/11/2023  POSITIVE

15/12/2023

 Level 3 response, access to Island is prohibited
REVIEW 28/03/2024

19/01/2024

Sea Lion Island

 Gentoo penguin x2
chicks tested; found dead
Further 35 approx adults and
chicks reported as symptomatic or dead

 11/01/2024 POSITIVE

19/01/2024

Level 3 response, access to Island is prohibited
REVIEW 01/03/2024

 29/01/2024

 New Island

 Skua x1 bird only;
found dead

25/01/2024 POSITIVE

 27/01/2024

Isolated case - Level 1 response, increase biosecurity
REVIEW 22/02/2024

IP lifted 22/02/2024

03/02/2024

Surf Bay

 Gentoo x1 bird only

06/02/2024
POSITIVE

07/02/2024

Islolated case - Level 1 response, increase biosecurity
REVIEW 21/02/2024

IP lifted 21/02/2024

13/02/2024

Stanley Common

Hawk x1 bird only;
found dead

 12/02/2024
POSITIVE

12/02/2024

Isolated case - level 1 response, increase biosecurity
REVIEW 27/02/2024

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird Flu

 

 

Information for visitors:

 

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Avian Influenza
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FIGAS Change of scene.pub.pdf page 1

 

 Avian Influenza Posters:

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Bird Flu Posters
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Avian Pox General Information
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For more information on avian influenza please visit the Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) 2022 page on the Environmental Department page; Information Campaign Falkland Islands Avian Influenza