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Dolphin in Devon discovered contaminated with bird influenza in February

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The federal government verified the other day that the dolphin had actually been discovered in between February 20 – 26. It was contaminated with the H5 stress of extremely pathogenic bird influenza (HPAI).

The exact same week another dolphin with bird influenza was discovered in Pembrokeshire. This was one was contaminated with the H5N1 stress of HPAI.

This brings the overall of mammals known to have contracted bird flu given that December 2021 to 23.

In December 2 foxes in Cornwall were discovered with bird influenza.

Over the previous couple of months numerous dolphoins have in the water off Falmouth making the most of big shoals of fish in the sea.

Falmouth Packet: The footage shows a large number of dolphins breaching the water off Falmouth in January

The video footage reveals a a great deal of dolphins breaching the water off Falmouth in January (Image: @emilylucyphotography)

This year there have actually been 6 mammals verified to have bird influenza – 2 red foxes in Powys and Perth and Kinross, a harbour cetacean in East Riding, an otter in Shropshire and the 2 dolphins in Devon and Pembrokeshire.

The animals are thought to have actually consumed dead wild birds that were contaminated with the infection.

LEARN MORE: Foxes in Cornwall found with bird flu – what are the risks to people?

In February a representative for the Animal and Plant Health Agency said that the UK is still “a long way” from remaining in a scenario where bird influenza might contaminate human beings and spread out in a comparable method to Covid-19.

Bird flu is a notifiable disease in poultry and other captive birds. If you think the illness in poultry or other captive birds, you ought to report it right away by calling 03000 200 301 in England, 03003 038 268 if you’re in Wales or the regional Field Services Office in Scotland.

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