THE Department of Agriculture has confirmed an outbreak of avian flu in a small flock of pheasants near Clonakilty, Co Cork..
Preliminary results show the H5 strain is not the most pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus with further tests being carried out.
As a precautionary measure, the 100 birds on the affected premises are being slaughtered.
And in line with EU regulations, a 1km temporary restriction zone has been put in place around the premises.
The department also noted that there are no concerns relating to the consumption of poultry meat or poultry meat products and there are no restrictions on poultry movements outside the zone.
While the Department has ruled out the most highly pathogenic strain of Avian Influenza in this case, they persons having contact with birds should nonetheless ensure that appropriate biosecurity measures are in place, as set out in Government guidelines.
They advise that birds should be checked regularly and if an unusually high number of sick or dead animals are noticed they should notify their Regional Veterinary Office.