This information on the current outbreak is accurate as of the date of publication and may be superseded as the situation evolves.

What is bird flu?

Bird flu, or avian flu, is a virus which primarily infects birds. There are several different strains of bird flu circulating in different parts of the world. The UK is currently experiencing an outbreak of bird flu which is affecting wild birds and poultry, and some other animal species. All flu viruses can mutate and change so the government is closely monitoring the situation, and has recommended some precautions which are relevant to rail.

Can humans become infected?