Bird flu detected in turkey flock in Co Monaghan

Test results have identified evidence of H5N1 avian influenza in samples from a flock of turkeys in Co Monaghan.

The Ministry of Agriculture has now imposed a 3 km exclusion zone around the affected farm to curb the spread of the virus.

Poultry farmers with flocks located within the exclusion zone are required by law to comply with additional protection and surveillance requirements.

A 10 km surveillance zone has also been established.

Further tests are being carried out on the affected flock of turkeys and these results are expected in the coming days.

The department said it continues to advise poultry farmers to take precautions against avian flu.

As of earlier this week, poultry farmers have been told to keep their flock indoors. This followed the discovery of a dead swan in Co Cavan. Tests confirmed it had the virus.

The Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA) has issued a “red alert” to its poultry producer members after testing positive.

Farmers in the Cavan/Monaghan region, who produce up to 75 pieces of Christmas turkeys for supermarkets and butchers, are now facing a turbulent time.

All poultry farmers have been instructed to remain vigilant for signs of disease in their flocks and to report any suspected disease to the nearest regional veterinary office.

The Health Protection Surveillance Center has confirmed that while the H5N1 avian influenza subtype can cause serious illness in poultry and other birds, the risk to humans is estimated to be 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.

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