Urgent warning to Cork public no longer to the touch unwell or loss of life birds and keep pets away as chook flu spreads

The risk to humans is very low - but the birds should be avoided and the disease is very contagious for wild and domestic flocks

If you see a dead or distressed chook inside the open this weekend - do not get too near and do now not deal with

 Do no longer let pets get too near and if you can, report the sighting to the Department of Agriculture.

Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, digestive and nervous system of many species of wild and domestic birds.

Avian influenza is a highly contagious viral disease affecting the respiratory, digestive and nervous system of many species of wild and domestic birds.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the HSE has issued a warning after about 60 wild sea birds at a number of locations around the country including in Cork.

suspected cases to their local regional veterinary office or to the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine at 01 492 8026.