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Fourth case of bird flu in Ireland confirmed

Staff Writer |
A fourth case of bird flu in Ireland has been confirmed by the Department of Agriculture.

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The latest case of avian influenza H5N8 was discovered in a whooper swan on the Longford-Leitrim border.

It is the second swan that has been found with the H5N8 flu virus

A dead swan in Co Tipperary was confirmed to have the virus after it was discovered last week.

The other two cases occurred in Co Galway and Co Wexford in the past few weeks, in a species of wild duck known as wigeons.

The avian influenza subtype H5N8 is a highly pathogenic strain that has previously been confirmed in the UK and mainland Europe.

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