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January 14, 2021 - Irish Times

IRELAND: Dozens of dead seagulls seen on Dublin beach as new strain of bird flu virus circulates

IRELAND: Dozens of dead seagulls seen on Dublin beach as new strain of bird flu virus circulates
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A “highly pathogenic strain” of the bird flu virus is currently in circulation according to the Department of Agriculture.

The department was responding to reports of significant numbers of dead birds discovered around the State including dozens of seagulls observed on Sandymount Strand in recent days.

The strain AI H5N8, has been detected in 18 wild bird species across eight counties - Limerick, Monaghan, Wicklow, Mayo, Cork, Wexford, Louth and Kildare. Species affected include peregrine falcon, mute swan, curlew, whooper swan, cormorant and barnacle goose.

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