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Low pathogenic bird flu hits Irish pheasants

By Melodie Michel , 04-Apr-2012

Related topics: Safety & Legislation, Livestock, Poultry, Ireland

The Irish department of agriculture, food and the marine has confirmed a low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI) outbreak in pheasants in the West Cork area.

However, samples taken from a broiler flock in the same area tested negative for bird flu, indicating that the virus has not spread.

The department added that the pheasants had been slaughtered “as a precautionary measure”, but that biosecurity measures remain in place in the area, including a 1km temporary restriction zone, while further test results are conducted.

“Additional surveillance will continue to be undertaken by department veterinary staff, and the movement of poultry, other birds, and their products and other animals on poultry holdings is prohibited, except under licence from the Regional Veterinary Office,” the department said.

According to authorities, there is no concern relating to the consumption of poultry meat products, but people in contact with birds should comply with the biosecurity measures in place, and check birds regularly to monitor the potential spread of the disease.

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