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Tests continue and restrictions remain after avian flu outbreak in Cork

The Department of Agriculture said today that there was no update as yet as to the cause of the outbreak in Cork.

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RESTRICTIONS REMAIN IN place at a premises near Clonakilty in west Cork after an outbreak of avian flu was detected in small number of pheasants yesterday.

The Department of Agriculture said today that there was no further update as yet as to the cause of the outbreak which has affected a gun club in Clonakilty and another gun club in nearby Ballyroe, RTÉ reports.

Tests continue to determine the exact strain of so-called bird flu although initial testing determined it is the H5 strain and not the more deadly H5N1 strain. It could be next week before full results are known.

Around 100 game birds on the premises are being slaughtered as a precautionary measure.

Yesterday the Department said that a one kilometre avian influenza temporary restriction zone has been implemented around both premises affected with necessary bio security measures also being put in place.

Read: Avian flu virus found in pheasants in Cork

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