The HSE Mid West Public health office is advising the public of the procedures to follow if they encounter a suspected case of avian influenza.
Following confirmation of avian influenza (bird flu) in wild birds in Dromineer, Co Tipperary, the HSE is advising members of the public to avoid handling or coming into contact with sick or dead wild birds to protect themselves from avian influenza. The HSE (Public Health and Environmental Health) are working with the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, and Tipperary County Council in relation to the detection of avian influenza (bird flu) in two gulls in Dromineer in Tipperary and reports of other dead birds in the area. Avian influenza is a type of flu virus that affects birds. Avian influenza infection in humans is rare but it can cause serious disease.
Anyone finding a dead or sick wild bird(s) are asked to contact Tipperary County Council on 0818 065000 or to call the Avian Influenza Helpline Number (076) 1064403 or 1850 2000456 (outside of normal office hours).