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Friday, June 15, 2018
Ireland - Bird Flu News Avian Influenza confirmed in wild greylag goose in Co Armagh, Northern Ireland
The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs today confirmed that a wild greylag goose, found in Lurgan Park, Co Armagh, has tested positive for H5N6 Avian Influenza
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Ireland - Bird Flu News Avian Flu Found in Second Wild Bird in Ireland
IRELAND - Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced that it has confirmed a second case of avian influenza H5N8 in a wigeon in County Galway.
Tuesday, January 03, 2017
Ireland - Bird Flu News Avian Flu H5N8 Strain Found in Irish Wild Bird as Poultry Moves Indoors
IRELAND - Avian influenza subtype H5N8 has been confirmed in a wild bird in County Wexford, Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine announced on 30 December.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Ireland - Bird Flu News Irish Poultry Farmers Urged to Check for Signs of Bird Flu
Irish poultry farmers should be on the lookout for birds going off their feed, in the wake of the confirmed Avian Influenza (Bird Flu) outbreak in the North West of England, according to specialist poultry vet Margaret Hardy.
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Ireland - Bird Flu News Ag Department Lifts Clonakilty Avian Influenza Restrictions
IRELAND - The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine today confirmed that it has lifted the restrictions in the 1km zone which had been imposed following the single outbreak of (low pathogenic avian influenza) LPAI H5N2 in pheasants in a premises in Clonakilty in Co Cork.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Thursday, April 05, 2012
Ireland - Bird Flu News Negative Test Results on Pheasants in West Cork Announced
IRELAND - Further to its previous announcement confirming that laboratory test results found that the Avian Influenza virus confirmed in samples from pheasants in a flock of game birds in Clonakilty last week was a low pathogenic strain of the virus, the Department has now announced that further tests results from other pheasants linked to the same batch found in Barryroe, West Cork have tested negative for Avian Influenza.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Monday, April 02, 2012
Ireland - Bird Flu News Ag Department Dealing with Instance of Avian Influenza in Pheasants
IRELAND - The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced that preliminary tests have identified evidence of Avian Influenza virus in samples from pheasants in a small flock of some 100 game birds on a premises near Clonakilty in Cork.
ThePoultrySite News Desk
Friday, January 11, 2008
Ireland - Bird Flu News Ireland on the Lookout for Bird Flu
IRELAND - The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food's National Disease Control Centre (NDCC) Management Committee met this afternoon to discuss the confirmation of the presence of high pathogenic H5N1 avian 'flu in three dead wild mute swans in Dorset, England.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Ireland - Bird Flu News Huge tanks of gas kept ready for bird flu cull
IRELAND - TWO road tankers full of gas are on permanent standby to kill thousands of birds if the lethal H5N1 strain of avian flu is found here.
Irish Independent
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Ireland - Bird Flu News Ulster on bird flu alert
IRELAND - Agriculture minister Michelle Gildernew last night urged poultry keepers to remain vigilant for signs of disease after the avian flu outbreak in Suffolk was confirmed as the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain.
Belfast Telegraph
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Ireland - Bird Flu News Ulster ban on pigeon racing from France
IRELAND - Ulster authorities have banned pigeon racing from France following the discovery of bird flu in wild birds in the east of the country.
Belfast Telegraph
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Ireland - Bird Flu News  Coughlan Lifts Bridflu Restrictions
IRELAND - Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan has confirmed she has lifted restrictions on the import of poultry from Britain into Ireland, a measure put in place following the discovery of bird flu in Wales.
Friday, June 01, 2007
Ireland - Bird Flu News Bird Flu Caution After Wales Outbreak
IRELAND - The Department of Agriculture has imposed an immediate ban on the importation of birds, other than racing pigeons and other captive poultry, from Great Britain to participate in bird gatherings and shows in Ireland.
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Ireland - Bird Flu News Minister Coughlan Responds to 'Flu Outbreak in Wales
The Minister for Agriculture and Food, Mary Coughlan, on Friday confirmed an immediate ban on the importation of birds, other than racing pigeons and other captive poultry, from Great Britain to participate in bird gatherings and shows in Ireland.
Monday, February 05, 2007
Ireland - Bird Flu News Irish Govt's expert group to review bird flu threat to Ireland
IRELAND - The Government's expert committee on bird fly is due to meet today to discuss the outbreak of the virus in Britain. 160,000 turkeys are being culled following the discovery of the deadly H5N1 strain of the illness at a farm in Suffolk on Saturday. Today's meeting will assess whether the situation changes the level of risk faced by Ireland. Yesterday, Minister for Agriculture Mary Coughlan insisted that the safety measures in place were "more than adequate". The British authorities also say they are confident that the disease will not spread from the Suffolk farm at the centre of the current scare. Fine Gael is responding to the outbreak by calling for the establishment of a national biosecurity committee in Ireland to oversee the response to all illnesses that could pose a threat to animal or public health.
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Avian Influenza

(aka bird flu, avian flu) is caused by a type of influenza virus that is hosted by birds, but may infect several species of mammals. It was first identified in Italy in the early 1900s and is now known to exist worldwide. A strain of the H5N1-type of avian influenza virus that emerged in 1997 has been identified as the most likely source of a future influenza pandemic.Strains of avian influenza virus may infect various types of animals, including birds, pigs, horses, seals, whales and humans. However, wild fowl act as natural asymptomatic carriers, spreading it to more susceptible domestic stocks.

How to Recognise Avian Influenza
What to look for
  • Ruffled feathers
  • Soft-shelled eggs
  • Depression and droopiness
  • Sudden drop in egg production
  • Loss of appetite
  • Cyanosis (purplish-blue coloring) of wattles and comb
  • Edema and swelling of head, eyelids, comb, wattles, and hocks
  • Green diarrhoea
  • Blood-tinged discharge from nostrils
  • Incoordination, including loss of ability to walk and stand
  • Pin-point hemorrhages (most easily seen on the feet and shanks)
  • Respiratory distress
  • Increased death losses in a flock
  • Sudden death
  • Nasal discharges
For more detail in avian influenza in poultry click here
Poultry Vaccination

Poultry Vaccination as a strategy for controlling AI in commercial birds

Outbreaks of avian influenza in the poultry industry cause devastating economic losses and is generally controlled through extensive culling of infected birds. Alternative strategies also use vaccination as a supplementary control measure during avian influenza outbreaks.

.Advantages of Vaccination
  • Vaccination reduces susceptibility to infection.
  • A higher dose of virus is necessary to infect the vaccinated birds.
  • Vaccinated birds shed less virus.
    - Decreased contamination of the environment.
    - Decreased risk of human infection
  • Used strategically vaccination compliments a stamping out strategy by slowing/stopping the spread of the virus
For more information on poultry vaccination see:

Avian Influenza (Fowl Plague) is a potentially devastating disease, predominantly of chickens and turkeys, although the virus can also affect game birds (pheasants, partridge and quail), ratites (ostrich and emu), psittacine and passerine birds.

Avian Influenza is caused by an orthomyxovirus, or influenza virus and can survive for considerable lengths of time outside of the host and birds are infected through contact with other birds, mechanical vectors such as vehicles and equipment and personnel travelling between farms, markets and abattoirs.

Precautionary requirements include cleaning and disinfection of premises and the establishment of a Biosecurity barrier to help prevent spread of disease is essential.

For more information on biosecurity see the links below

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