Bird flu spreading across the islands

06.07.2022 - 12:12
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Bird flu spreading across the islands
Thirteen out of 20 recently taken samples have tested positive for bird flu
Photo: hfs.fo
 

In May and June Food and Veterinarian Authority HFS conducted tests on 20 birds across the islands.

Bird flu, also known as avian flu, was detected in 13 of the samples, taken in Skúvoy, Suðuroy, Vágoy, Streymoy and Eysturoy.

The positive test results came from nine birds of the great skua (Stercorarius skua) species, two great black-backed gulla (Larus marinus) and two northern gannets (Morus bassanus).

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The HFS is advising anyone who comes across a sick or dead bird not to touch it and instead report the bird to hfs@hfs.fo.

If possible, such a report should include the bird species and the location where the bird was found. A photo of the bird plus geolocation details would also be helpful.

This information will be used for monitoring the bird flu situation in the country.

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Bird flu spreads between birds and from birds to humans. Exposure to birds, bird faeces or feathers is the most likely way for a human to catch bird flu. However, the risk of bird-to-human transmission is considered to be relatively low.

The HFS is urging owners of domestic birds to prevent their creatures from coming into contact with wild birds.

The avian influenza virus can survive in the environment for more than 50 days.

Common symptoms for infected birds include reduced appetite, a swollen head and breathing difficulties.

 

Read the Faroese version of this article here.

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