Ninth bird flu case confirmed in Ireland as 23,000 birds culled in the UK
A case of 'bird flu' has been confirmed by the Department of Agriculture in a whooper swan located in Borrisokane, Co. Tipperary.
It follows another two cases of bird flu have been detected in wild birds earlier this week.
It brings to nine the total number of incidences of bird flu since the first case was detected in in the last week of the year in Wexford. The latest cases were detected in North Tipperary, near Nenagh, in a mute swan and near Midleton, Cork in a grey heron.
In the UK, authorities have confirmed that more than 23,000 chickens are to be culled at a farm in Suffolk in the UK's seventh confirmed case of bird flu this year.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has put restrictions in place at the premises after lab tests detected the avian flu strain H5N8.
Meanwhile, free range egg producers will be unable to market their eggs as “free range” if their birds are kept indoors for more than 12 weeks as they comply with the compulsory disease control regulations, according to Mairead McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament.
The problem is acute in some member states and concerns about avian influenza have increased with over 20,000 birds slaughtered in the UK due to avian influenza, McGuinness has warned.
"Thankfully, in Ireland, we have managed to keep the virus out of commercial flocks by keeping hens indoors and using strict bio-security measures.