Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

LPAI in Irlenad and Northern Ireland

1 May, 2020

The Department of Agriculture in Ireland confirmed the presence of Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza (LPAI) of the H6N1 subtype in ten flocks in Co Monaghan.  Eight of the flocks are table egg laying flocks while a further two are turkey flocks. Culling of birds has occurred in the case of eight of the flocks to date - note this is a commercial decision on behalf of the flock owners. The authorities have confirmed that around 500,000 hens were culled following avian flu in Co Monaghan. The Irish Egg Association, says there will a shortfall of around 1.5 million eggs because of bird flu outbreak. As a result, the body which represents packers and producers in the industry says Ireland is likely to have to import eggs into the country.
The authorities in Northern Ireland have confirmed 15 outbreaks of LPAI H6N1. Affected flocks include table egg layers and broiler breeders & one grandparent flock.