Highly virulent strain of avian flu found in captive birds at Co Down wetland reserve – The Irish Times

Additional disease control measures have been introduced at a wetland in Co Down after a highly virulent form of bird flu was found in captive birds.

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs confirmed on Sunday that a 3km restriction zone was in place around Castle Espie on the shores of Strangford Lough. All poultry and captive birds on site must now be kept in secured housing or otherwise separated from wild birds.

Earlier this week, a temporary restriction zone was introduced after initial test results indicated the presence of bird flu in a captive flock. The National Reference Laboratory confirmed that the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 strain was detected.

The Nordic Agriculture Minister, Edwin Poots, said the development was “extremely disappointing”.

“No captive bird premises or poultry area is immune to a potential incursion of this terrible disease and it is vital that all bird keepers take appropriate steps now to review and improve their biosecurity measures to protect their birds from this highly contagious disease.”

More than 180 cases of the strain have been confirmed in the UK in the past 12 months, including six in Northern Ireland.

The Nordics’ top veterinary officer, Dr. Robert Huey, also urged all herd keepers to “take action to review and, where necessary, improve biosecurity to prevent further entry of the disease”.

“If bird flu were to enter our commercial flock in Northern Ireland, it would have a significant and devastating impact on our poultry industry, international trade and the wider economy,” he said.

In July, BirdWatch Ireland called on the government to step up efforts to limit the spread of the disease in the face of shocking numbers of wild birds dying across the UK. “We are witnessing the potential decimation of seabird populations on a scale not seen before in our lifetime. As a result, we are seriously concerned about seabird colonies in Ireland,” it warned.

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