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Bird Flu found in Tipperary

The Department of Agricultutr has confirmed the second case of avian flu in Ireland in 2017.

The H5N8 strain of avian influenza or bird flu was confirmed in the last week in a swan in Borrisokane, Co Tipperary.

It’s the third case detected in wild birds in Ireland since the current outbreak of H5N8 began in Europe at the end of October 2016.

Bird flu or avian flu is an infectious type of influenza that spreads among birds. In rare cases, it can affect humans. There are many different strains of bird flu virus, most of which don’t infect humans

No cases have yet been detected in poultry in the country.

More to follow…

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