The Department of Agriculture and the HSE are highlighting important safety information about Avian Influenza (Bird Flu). This advice follows confirmation of Avian Influenza A (H5N1) in wild sea birds at a number of locations across the country.
Avian Influenza (AI), commonly known as bird flu, is a notifiable animal disease and is a highly contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, digestive and/or nervous system of many species of birds. It can also pose a threat to people and other animals in certain circumstances, but these types of infections are rare. Properly cooked poultry meat and eggs do not pose any food safety risk.
With an increasing number of cases of wild bird infection seen along the coast, all keepers of poultry and captive birds should implement stringent biosecurity measures to mitigate the risk of the disease spreading to poultry and captive birds.
Members of the public are also encouraged to take the following safety precautions:
Do not touch sick or dead wild birds
Report sightings of sick or dead wild birds
(Contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at 01 492 8026.)
Keep pets away from wild birds