Poultry farmers told to house flocks over bird flu fears

Latest case of bird flu found in a dead swan in Co Cavan.

Poultry flock owners have been ordered to house birds from Monday next week due to fears over the rising number of bird flu cases found in wild birds

From November 7 onwards farmers must keep their birds indoors says Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue, who issued the order under Animal Health and Welfare regulations this morning, Wednesday, November 2.

The latest case of bird flu was confirmed yesterday (Tuesday) in a dead swan found in Co Cavan.

Avian flu caused by the H5N1 strain has been found to be circulating among wild seabirds. A similar order was issued in England on Monday.