Infectious Diseases - Local Emergency Planning

This page provide current advice and information on infectious diseases and other potential risks to residents.

A Flu Pandemic

Pandemic flu occurs when a new, highly infectious and dangerous strain of the flu virus appears. Because it’s so different to other strains of flu, we have little or no immunity to it, and it can spread easily, from person to person, and from country to country.

Ordinary flu happens every year usually during the winter, whereas pandemic flu tends to occur only three times each century. Ordinary flu has unpleasant symptoms such as headaches, sore throat, cough, aching muscles and fever, but in most cases is not life threatening. Pandemic flu has similar symptoms, but they are much more severe, and can be life threatening.

The NHS has prepared various helpful information and leaflets to help in your understanding and guidance in case of a pandemic. For further information click on the links below:-

Avian Flu

Avian influenza, or 'bird flu', is a highly contagious disease of birds, caused by influenza A viruses.  Domestic poultry are highly susceptible.

"It is important to underline that the H5N1 strain of avian influenza is essentially a disease of birds and poultry. The risk to human health only arises in persons in very close contact with infected birds." DEFRA Statement, 20 October 2005