Bird flu contingency plan in place: Minister
Ireland's Department of Agriculture and Food has
developed comprehensive contingency arrangements to deal with avian influenza in
the case of an outbreak in wild or commercial birds, according to a senior
Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan said that that these arrangements are
constantly reviewed to take account of any new developments that arise.
â€œTo that end, we are conscious of and particularly vigilant during the
autumn/winter migratory season, during which the risk of the introduction of the
disease increases,â€ she said.
The Minister said that she had recently signed a number of statutory
instruments that give the department the necessary legislative power to deal
with any bird
â€œWe have, at all times, received the full support and commitment of all
those agencies whose assistance we have requested,â€ she said.
Ms Coughlan said she is satisfied that her department
adequately prepared to deal with any case or outbreak of avian flu which may
arise in Ireland in the coming months.
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