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Avian Influenza

Last Modified: Thu, 03 Nov 2016 12:40:33 GMT
Disease name
Avian Influenza
Species affected
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
Sally Gaynor SSVI
Link to relevant external website