Avian influenza disease control zones put in place in Northern Ireland

The disease was confirmed in a turkey flock in County Monaghan
calendar icon 18 November 2022
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Disease control restriction zones have been put in place in County Fermanagh after the Republic of Ireland confirmed avian influenza H5N1 in samples from a commercial turkey flock in County Monaghan.

Additional protection and surveillance measures are required around the infected premises to prevent onward disease spread.

“The infected premises lies close to the border between Monaghan and Fermanagh," said Northern Ireland Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Robert Huey. "As a consequence, DAERA is required in law to take appropriate disease control measures to mitigate for onward disease spread." 

Disease control zones have therefore been declared in that part of Northern Ireland which lies within 10 km of the infected premises from 17:30 hrs Sunday 13 November 2022.

“Premises within the zones will have to adhere to strict biosecurity protocols, recording movements on/off holdings and a requirement to seek licensing for any movement of poultry or poultry-related products into or out of the zone," Huey added.

“Certain moves will be permitted under a specific licence issued by the Department which must be applied for at least 48 hours in advance of any planned move.”

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