Human infectious diseases
Visit the Public Health England website for the latest news about diseases, infections and how to keep safe. Some human diseases can lead to a major health incident if they're not controlled. These diseases may be ones that we already know about, such as Tuberculosis (TB), Influenza (flu) or Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). However, there are others that may develop over time, for which we have no vaccine or suitable antibiotic.
Animal diseases are not just a risk to the welfare of animals. There is also a risk of animal diseases transmitting to humans (zoonosis.) The diseases we are most concerned about are 'notifiable' (that is, there are legal requirements on animal keepers). During an exotic disease outbreak the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) website will provide the latest information. Defra take the lead, with partners, in responding to the disease.
We have an Animal Disease Outbreak Plan which will be activated should there be concerns relating to animal diseases. This is a multi-agency plan that is led in the Council by the Trading Standards team, working closely with other responders. This plan is tested and exercised on a regular basis.