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Saturday, March 31, 2012

Ireland : Outbreak of bird flu puts health officials on high alert

Article via Independent :

" HEALTH and agriculture officials were last night on high alert after the first case of bird flu was detected here in 14 years.

Measures are being put in place to prevent the spread of bird flu to humans after the virus was discovered in a flock of pheasants kept by a gun club in Clonakilty in West Cork.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre said last night it was mainly an animal-health issue with no risk to the general public.

However, precautions, including the provision of anti-viral preventive medicine, were being taken for those coming into contact with infected birds.

The pheasants, which had been kept in an enclosed premises, were slaughtered yesterday and a 1km restriction zone has been put in place around it to test for further cases."

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