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Duck discovered with bird flu in Wexford had same strain as previously confirmed in UK


Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire


Photo: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A wild duck discovered with bird flu last month was infected with the same strain previously confirmed in the UK and mainland Europe.

The Department of Agriculture has announced that this is the only case detected in Ireland so far.  It has been confirmed the duck had the H5N8 subtype of bird flu.

However the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed that the risk to humans is considered to be very low.

In a statement the Department said it continues to monitor the situation and notes the deteriorating weather forecast for continental Europe this week.

Farmers were advised of the requirement to confine poultry and other birds, and to apply strict bio-security measures to prevent the introduction of avian influenza. 

Poultry flock owners should remain vigilant for any signs of disease in their flocks, and report any disease suspicion to their nearest Department Veterinary Office, the statement concluded.

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