Current information on Avian Influenza from gov.ie

DUE TO THE INCREASE IN CASES WE CAN NO LONGER TAKE IN WILD BIRDS AT THE RESCUE IN ORDER TO KEEP OUR ANIMALS AND VOLUNTEERS SAFE.

PLEASE CONTACT 01 6072512 (6-9PM) AND 01 4928026 (24HRS)

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the HSE Public Health’s department 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. Poultry farmers and people who keep game birds or pets should be familiar with the signs of avian influenza, and should closely monitor their birds for signs of disease and report any suspicions to their local Regional Veterinary Office.

Members of the public are also encouraged to take the following safety precautions:

1. Do not touch sick or dead wild birds

Human cases of this strain of Avian Influenza are very rare. However, individuals should not touch sick or dead birds.

2. Report sightings of sick or dead wild birds

People can report any sightings of sick or dead wild birds to the local Regional Veterinary Office or contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at 01 492 8026