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Public urged not to touch sick or dead wild birds following local outbreak

Nov 24, 2022 18:11 By News Northern Sound
Public urged not to touch sick or dead wild birds following local outbreak Public urged not to touch sick or dead wild birds following local outbreak
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'It is important to remember that the vast majority of wild bird deaths in Ireland will not be related to Avian Influenza, based on information from surveillance activities'

The HSE is urging the public not to touch sick or dead wild birds, following confirmation of a second outbreak of Avian Influenza in Co. Monaghan.

According to Dr Keith Ian Quintyne, people should report any sightings of sick or dead wild birds to the nearest Regional Veterinary Office or ring the Avian Influenza Helpline.

He added that people should also keep pets away from dead birds, and consider keeping their pets indoors or on leash in areas birds frequent.

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According to HSE advice, human cases of this strain of bird flu are very uncommon.

However, while the risk of human infection with bird flu viruses are low, individuals should avoid handling sick or dead birds, avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with bird faeces and untreated bird feathers.

Despite this, poultry and eggs remain safe to eat when prepared and cooked properly.

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