Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Ireland: Low pathogenic avian influenza H6N1

4 June, 2020

The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine has confirmed Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) of the H6N1 subtype in 4 poultry flocks in County Monaghan. The last case was confirmed LPAI H6N1 on the 03/06/2020. This brings the total number of LPAI H6N1 outbreaks to 13.
The confirmed flocks include 11 table egg layer flocks and 2 fattening turkey flocks. Presenting clinical signs in affected flocks have included: Significant drop in egg production, reduced feed intake, slight increase in mortality.
All 13 holdings have been derestricted under the Avian Influenza Legislation as the H6N1 subtype is not included in the definition of a notifiable avian influenza at EU level.
Recently confirmed cases remain restricted under Irish Law and are subject tocompliance with certain requirements in order to prevent further disease spread. Culling of birds has occurred in the case of all the flocks – note this is a commercialdecision on behalf of the flock owners.