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Avian Influenza
on April 30, 2012

Avian influenza H5N2 outbreak resolved in Republic of Ireland

Disease was detected in imported pheasants

The outbreak of low pathogenic avian influenza in the Republic of Ireland has been resolved, according to the country’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine.

The disease, which emerged in Clonakilty, Cork, was detected in pheasants, following a four-year absence. Imported pheasants, kept in open pens prior to release, were thought to have become infected following contact with wilds. Imported birds from the same source, but reared on a second premises, were sampled in late March but proved to be negative for the H5N2 virus.

Stamping out, movement controls, zoning and disinfection of the infected premises were applied and the event is now considered at an end.

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