Birds being kept indoors at Dublin Zoo's 'precautionary measure'

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Birds being kept indoors at Dublin Zoo's 'precautionary measure'
16:12 Tuesday 10th of January 2017
All birds at Dublin Zoo are being moved indoors due to the threat of bird flu.
There are outbreaks of bird flu in north western Europe including the United Kingdom. Bird flu is a viral infection that spreads from bird to bird.
Despite the fact that bird flu has not been recorded in Ireland, all birds at Dublin Zoo have been moved indoors as a precautionary measure so that they cannot have contact with wild birds.

Nearly 150 ostriches, penguins, flamingos and other birds have been moved to a "back house" zoo facility.

In a statement Dublin Zoo said it is a precautionary measure to prevent them possibly contracting bird flu from wild birds.

Yesterday the Department of Agriculture confirmed that a wild bird found in Co Wexford on December 28, was infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus.

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