AGRICULTURE MINISTERS MEET TO DISCUSS WORST EVER OUTBREAK OF AVIAN FLU

17 December 2021 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Michael Fisher

Agriculture Ministers from both sides of the border have held a discussion in what’s believed to be the worst ever outbreak of avian flu in both jurisdictions. Speaking after the online meeting, Minister Poots said: “A number of poultry houses have been affected in both Northern Ireland and the Republic. The disease control zones required around the two infected premises in County Monaghan, and the case in County Cavan, extend into Northern Ireland” (Armagh and Fermanagh respectively). “My Department (DAERA) worked closely with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in establishing corresponding disease control zones in Northern Ireland and progressing the surveillance work required within those areas. Indeed I was pleased that DAERA staff were able to respond quickly and assist in depopulation of one of the first affected sites in County Monaghan.”

“I spoke to Minister McConalogue today (Wednesday) about our actions to date and the continued co-operation between our respective Departments to manage this outbreak. This is the worst outbreak of avian influenza to date across the islands with HPAI H5N1 confirmed or suspected at four sites in Northern Ireland and five in the Republic.” “My officials are regularly in contact with officials in the Department for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) to ensure that we can mitigate against further spread of the disease…

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