Poultry farmers should be vigilant following confirmation of Avian Flu case - Martin Kenny TD
Speaking today following confirmation from the Department of Agriculture that the H5N8 strain of avian flu has been found in a wild bird in Wexford, Sinn Féin agriculture spokesman, Martin Kenny TD, has warned poultry farmers to be vigilant of their flocks.
Deputy Kenny said:
“The case of avian flu has been confirmed and poultry farmers must be vigilant, but there is no evidence of cases in other parts of the country so far.
“Signs of the avian flu are birds being excessively thirsty and suffering from cough, along with general lethargy. Poultry farmers must be vigilant as it is such a contagious disease.
“The Department has a detailed plan and operations manual in place which sets out the actions to be taken in the event of avian influenza.
“There are no cases of this strain having been passed onto humans, but people should be careful if they come upon dead birds in the wild, particularly if there are more than one and should contact DAFM Avian Influenza helpline (Tel: 0761064403) or the local Regional Veterinary Office the contact details for which can be found at: http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/contact/ .
“Meanwhile, I urge Minister Creed to contact his counterpart in the North, Minister Michelle McIlveen, to discuss a coordinated cross-border plan to deal with this matter.”