AVIAN FLU OUTBREAK IN COUNTY CONFIRMED BY DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

12 March 2020 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

In a statement issued to the media this week, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine confirmed the identification of low pathogenic avian influenza of the H6N1 subtype in a commercial poultry flock in County Monaghan.

The press release stated that this subtype of avian influenza is not a notifiable disease and had no known public health risk nor international trade implications. However, movement of poultry and poultry products onto and from the farm were subject to restriction whilst an investigation into the disease episode was underway.

Movement restrictions currently remain in place as a precautionary measure to mitigate against the spread of this disease to other locations.

The Department will be liaising with the flock owner with a view to minimising the risk of disease spread from his farm.

The Department also confirmed that it was investigating two more flocks in the Monaghan area for avian influenza, confirming that in both cases, clinical signs and preliminary laboratory results suggested that low pathogenic…

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