Avian Influenza


The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine are dealing with an instance of avian influenza in pheasants in West Cork. See here for their press release.

Avian influenza is mainly an animal health issue. There is no risk to the general public. Any potential risk to the human population is confined to those who have been in close contact with infected birds or their droppings, or to those involved in controlling the outbreak in the birds. All in these groups are being contacted and provided with advice about possible symptoms. Precautions have been put in place for these groups, including providing antiviral preventive treatment if needed.

For further information on avian flu see here.