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Avian influenza case confirmed in NI

The Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has confirmed that a wild greylag goose has tested positive for the H5N6 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI).

The goose, which was found in County Armagh, was reported to DAERA as part of its dead wild bird surveillance programme, and initial testing has indicated HPAI sub-type H5N6. This is the same strain as confirmed in a wild buzzard in County Antrim in March this year.

The chief veterinary officer for Northern Ireland, Robert Huey, said that this was not unexpected given that avian influenza continued to circulate in wild birds across Europe, but he called for vigilance.

‘While the risk of an avian influenza incursion in wild birds remains, the risk to poultry is low. However, it …

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