The Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed has warned that the H5N8 strain of bird flu is most likely ‘well established in Ireland’ and that ‘poultry flocks across the country are at risk from introduction of the virus.’
Poultry farmers have been advised to keep their birds indoors until further notice is given by the Department. Its estimated this will last for up to 12 weeks.
There have been three confirmed cases of bird flu in the country so far all occurring in wild birds who are seen to be the risk factor in transmitting the disease to domestic flocks.
As previously reported the IFA’s Nigel Renaghan has expressed dismay over the departments failure to communicate fully and properly with poultry farmers in the country.
Although H5N8 can be detrimental to birds and fowl it is not a risk to human and no human infections of this strain have been reported world wide.