Avian flu found in second Monaghan turkey farm

A second flock of turkeys in Co Monaghan have tested positive for bird flu, the Department of Agriculture confirmed tonight.

A exclusion zone that already existed around a turkey farm in the county that tested positive for bird flu just over a week ago has been expanded.

In a statement tonight, the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine confirmed test results have identified evidence of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza, commonly known as bird flu, in samples from a second flock of turkeys in Co Monaghan.

It is not known how many turkeys are on the farm.

It was said that as a result of this confirmation there is a slight expansion of the existing avian influenza restricted zones. The movement of poultry and poultry products within and through the zones is only permitted with the permission of the Ministry.

The license terms are intended to help mitigate the risk of further distribution. Poultry farmers with flocks located within the restricted zones are required by law to comply with the zoning requirements.

Strict biosecurity remains key to protecting poultry and captive bird populations from disease, the ministry said.

A protection zone with a radius of at least 3 km around the infected holding and a surveillance zone with a radius of at least 10 km will be established, while a census of all holdings within the PZ and SZ will be carried out and authorization procedures will be put in place to control movements of live poultry, other captive birds, hatching and table eggs, used bedding, manure and slurry from poultry farms.

Current regulations require all flock keepers to confine all poultry and captive birds they own or control in a secure building to which wild birds or other animals have no access and to use special biosecurity measures.

Poultry flock owners are asked to remain vigilant for signs of disease in their flocks and to report any suspected disease to the department’s nearest regional veterinary office.

The Health Protection Surveillance Center has confirmed that while the H5N1 subtype can cause serious disease in poultry and other birds, the risk to humans is very low.

However, the public is advised not to handle sick or dead wild birds and to keep their dog on a leash in areas with sick or dead wild birds.

There is no evidence of any risk associated with the consumption of poultry meat, poultry meat products or eggs.

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