Belfast Telegraph

Second case of bird flu is discovered in Co Armagh

By Rebecca Black

The second case of bird flu in Northern Ireland this year has been confirmed.

The disease was detected in a wild greylag goose found in Lurgan Park, Co Armagh.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs confirmed yesterday that the goose had tested positive for H5N6 avian influenza.

This is the same strain that was discovered in a wild buzzard in Co Antrim in March.

Northern Ireland's chief veterinary officer Dr Robert Huey encouraged all bird keepers to review their biosecurity measures. This would include feeding and watering birds under cover to help reduce the risk of their poultry coming in contact with wild birds.

Official advice is that the risk to public health from the virus is very low, but people should take precautions before touching dead or dying birds.

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