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  • To give useful and easy-to-follow information and instruction to members of the public who find a wildlife casualty
  • To provide detailed information to the rehabilitator who will take responsibility for the long-term rehabilitation of the casualty
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Notice to the Public re Avian Flu

Source NPWS: Sept 16th 2022

highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza HPAI (H5N1) is currently circulating in wild birds, especially in breeding seabirds around Ireland. Over the last three weeks in particular, following intensive surveillance by NPWS, and reports from others, large numbers of dead Gannets have been detected at breeding colonies, and at sea and are now being washed up ashore. A number have been tested by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and nearly 60 have so far been confirmed with HPAI; and many multiples of that are likely to have HPAI.

Dead and on occasion sick Gannets or other birds are being reported from many beaches and other areas all along the coastline.

As advised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, members of the public are advised:

  • do not touch sick or dead wild birds;
  • do not bring sick wild birds home;
  • pets should be kept away from sick and dead wild birds (dogs should be kept on a leash where sick or dead wild birds are present).

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine carries out year-round avian influenza surveillance sampling. In areas where HPAI has already been confirmed, it may not be necessary to collect further birds for sampling. The virus of avian flu is very contagious amongst birds and can survive for several weeks in the environment. The faeces of infected birds contains a high level of virus and so the area can remain infective irrespective of whether bird carcasses are removed from an area or not. It is deemed appropriate for public amenity reasons to remove dead birds or to display signage, etc. e.g. on beaches or areas with frequent human footfall, it is a matter for the Local Authority.

NPWS urges members of the public to avoid coming into close contact with any dead/sick seabird.

Please notify DAFM of any suspected avian influenza cases via the Avian Check App or alternatively please call the Avian Influenza Hotline at 01 607 2512 or 01 492 8026 outside of normal office hours.

 


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