Authorities yet to establish if Irish cases of deadly 'Brexit virus' are linked to pigs
The Food Safety Authority (FSAI) has confirmed that Ireland does have cases of the hepatitis E virus which has been dubbed a ‘Brexit virus’ in the UK.
Cases of the virus are on the rise in the UK, where the potentially deadly disease has been linked to sausages made with EU meat.
The strain of hepatitis E has been linked to pig farms on the Continent after the tropical virus mutated to infect livestock.
Public Health England reported the number of severe cases has almost trebled since 2010, with 1,244 reported in 2016 to 368 six years earlier.
The virus causes a flu-like illness and in severe circumstances, could cause death.
Once ingested, the virus is carried to the liver, where it attacks the liver and nerves, causing people with weakened immune systems to become seriously ill.
This strain has been linked to pig farms in France, Holland, Germany and Denmark and is only killed in meat if people cook it for longer than usual.
Most people who come into contact with the disease contract a nasty, flu-like cold.