Bird flu confirmed in a turkey flock in Monaghan
For clucks sake...
Tests conducted by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine have confirmed the presence of bird flu in a turkey flock in Monaghan.
The avian influenza H5N1 was confirmed via a test result published on Monday (22 November).
The Department has implemented a restriction zone around the area to reduce movement and add surveillance to combat the spread.
Cases of the disease have already been confirmed in Galway, Limerick, Offaly, Donegal, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wexford and Waterford.
Hundreds of cases of bird flu have been identified across Europe since early October, with confirmed cases being found in Italy, Poland, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Hungary, Estonia, Czechia, Norway, Bulgaria, Belgium and the UK.
While the disease can cause serious damage to poultry and other birds, the Health Protection Surveillance Centre has confirmed that risk to humans is very low.
There have not been any confirmed cases of H5N1 in humans in Europe, and there is no evidence of any risk associated with the consumption of poultry products.
As test results have identified evidence of #avianinfluenza H5N1 in samples from a turkey flock in #Monaghan, restriction zones are being set up around the area where additional movement control and surveillance measures will be put in place.#BirdFlu
— Dept of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (@agriculture_ie) November 22, 2021