Bird flu has been found in a common buzzard in Co Tipperary, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has announced.

The H5N6 strain of avian influenza was detected in the dead bird found outside Terryglass on land adjacent Lough Derg.

This is the second wild bird to test positive for bird flu in Ireland this year. The first case was a white-tailed sea eagle in Co Tipperary on 5 February.

“The advice to flock owners is still to remain vigilant to the threat of avian influenza and take specific measures to protect their flocks, including minimising access to wild birds by feeding poultry indoors, for example,” the Department has said.

Officials also pointed out that the risk to human health from both the H5N8 and H5N6 strains of avian influenza is very low.

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