Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Northern Ireland: H5N8 in swan

16 November, 2020

The H5N8 strain of the virus was confirmed after tests on the dead bird found at Lough Beg near Toomebridge.
This detection in Northern Ireland is not surprising as there have been two recent confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry in Great Britain. There have also been three confirmed cases of H5N8 in wild birds across England and Ireland reported an H5N8 outbreak involving a peregrine falcon found sick on Oct 29 in Limerick. The bird died shortly afterward.