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Avian flu detected in five seabirds on north coast

The public have been warned not to pick up injured or dead birds.

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Avian flu has been detected in five birds on the north coast of Northern Ireland (PA)

Avian flu has been detected in five birds on the north coast of Northern Ireland (PA)

Avian flu has been detected in five birds on the north coast of Northern Ireland (PA)

Avian flu has been detected in five wild seabirds on the north coast of Northern Ireland.

Positive results for the disease were recorded in one gannet and four guillemots discovered in Portrush West Strand and Portballintrae.

Last week bird flu was discovered on Rathlin Island.

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One of the infected birds was a gannet (PA)

One of the infected birds was a gannet (PA)

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One of the infected birds was a gannet (PA)

The Public Health Agency has advised that human infections with avian influenza are rare and that the risk to the general public’s health is very low.

However, the public has been warned not to pick up or touch any dead or injured wild birds as this can cause the disease to spread to other colonies of seabirds or poultry flocks.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (Daera) said it was working closely with public health officials and local councils and has taken proactive measures to improve biosecurity at seabird breeding colonies.

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Last year saw the largest ever outbreak of avian flu in the UK which led to a number of disease control measures being introduced in Northern Ireland.


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