A high number of dead birds, particularly along the coast, have been reported in Wexford.
The county council is advising the public not to approach or handle sick or dead wild birds.
The local authority says dogs should also not be allowed near fallen birds and should be kept on a lead.
ADVISORY NOTE FOR ALL!!
High Incidence of Bird Mortality in Co. Wexford.
Please do not approach, move or handle in anyway.
Report to Avian Influenza Hotline on 01 6072512 and to Wexford County Council on 053 9196000, extension 5.
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The statement released by Wexford County Council read: "In recent days, many report shave been sent into Wexford County Council regarding sightings of dead birds, particularly along the coastline.
"The Council have sought guidance from the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) who advise that members of the public should not approach or handle sick or dead wild birds.
"In such cases, the immediate advice, as guided by public health colleagues, is for the member of the public to immediately was their hands with soap and hot water.
"Should they have concerns or develop any 'flu-like' symptoms the advice is to contact their GP, making them aware of the fact that they have been exposed to avian influenza.
"Members of the public are further advised that on finding wild birds, that have fallen, are sick or dead; that these birds should not be approached, moved, or handled in anyway.
"Dogs should also not be allowed near fallen birds and should be retained on a lead at all times.
"The location of the sick or fallen birds(s) should be reported to the Avian Influenza Hotlines on 01 607 2512, and to Wexford County Council, customer service line on 053 91 96000 extension 5.
"In collaboration with DAFM, Wexford County Council has put in place a system to collect these wild birds in a safe manner for disposal.
"This work will be conducted in collaboration with public health colleagues and occupational health providers."