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Avian Influenza

Last Modified: Fri, 25 May 2018 12:31:56 IST
Disease name Avian Influenza
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D, A
Species affected Avian
Definition Avian influenza (AI) viruses infect domestic poultry as well as pet, zoo, and wild birds. In domestic poultry, AI viruses are typically of low pathogenicity (LPAI), causing subclinical infections, respiratory disease, or drops in egg production. However, a few AI viruses cause severe systemic infections with high mortality. This highly pathogenic (HPAI) form of the disease has historically been called fowl plague. AI viruses (both LPAI and HPAI) can occasionally affect humans, but usually after close contact with infected birds has occurred.
Status in Ireland Disease absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland LPAI recorded in pheasants in 2012 HPAI recorded in 1983
DAFM Division Responsible NDCC & Border Inspection Posts
Contact Sally Gaynor SSVI
Legislation http://www.irishstatutebook.ie/eli/2006/si/701
Link to relevant external website http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/avian_influenza/
OIE Link http://www.oie.int/fileadmin/Home/fr/Health_standards/tahm/2.03.04_AI.pdf
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