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    Posted: March 31 2012 at 10:59pm

Outbreak of bird flu reported in Co Cork

Updated: 19:15, Friday, 30 March 2012

There has been an outbreak of avian flu in a small flock of pheasants near Clonakilty, Co Cork.

The preliminary test results show that while it is what is called the H5 strain, it is not the most pathogenic H5N1 strain of the virus. Further tests are being carried out to establish the precise strain.

As a purely precautionary measure, the 100 birds on the affected premises are being slaughtered and all necessary biosecurity measures have been put in place.

The Department of Agriculture says additional laboratory test results will be available early next week and it will review the measures being announced today on the basis of those results.

In line with established procedures and in accordance with EU regulations, as a further precautionary measure a 1km temporary restriction zone has been put in place around the premises.

Within this zone, additional surveillance is being undertaken and the movement of poultry, other birds and their products and other animals on poultry holdings is prohibited, except under license from the Regional Veterinary Office.

It is important to note that there is no concerns relating to the consumption of poultry meat or poultry meat products and there are no restrictions on poultry movements outside the zone.

While the department has ruled out the most highly pathogenic strain of Avian Influenza in this case, they say persons having contact with birds should ensure that appropriate biosecurity measures are in place, as set out in the departmental guidelines.

They advise that birds should be checked regularly and if an unusually high number of sick or dead animals are noticed they should notify their Regional Veterinary Office.

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