Same bird flu strain discovered in Wexford now found in South Wales
THE same variety of bird flu found in a duck in Wexford has now been reported directly across the water from the county in South Wales.
The Department of Agriculture said last week that that a wigeon was found alive but unable to fly in Wexford on December 28. It has been confirmed the duck had the H5N8 subtype of bird flu.
In recent weeks, birds with the H5N8 subtype have been found in the UK and the department is warning that the disease can cause serious disease in poultry and other birds.
However, no human has been affected by this form of the virus as of yet.
A department statement said: 'No human infections with this virus have been reported world-wide and therefore risk to humans is considered to be very low.'
The disease has been seen to highly pathogenic across Europe and strict measures are being urged to ensure the virus doesn't affect poultry here in Ireland.
Minister for Agriculture Michael Creed introduced regulations requiring the compulsory housing of poultry as a result of the increased threat of this form of bird flu.
'Flock owners should remain vigilant for any signs of disease in their flocks, and report any disease suspicion to their nearest department veterinary office.'
Bird flu has been confirmed in chickens and ducks in Wales, in the latest instance of the spread of the avian disease across Britain.
Last Monday, it was reported that the same H5N8 variety of bid flu found in Wexford had been found on a premises near Pontyberem, Carmarthenshire, in Wales.
The disease has also affected other parts of Europe where thousands of farmed birds have been slaughtered following outbreaks.