Highly pathogenic influenza A viruses (infection with) (non-poultry including wild birds),
Information received on 16/03/2018 from Dr Martin Blake, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Agriculture House, Dublin, Ireland
Report type Follow-up report No. 2
Date of start of the event 31/01/2018
Date of confirmation of the event 09/02/2018
Report date 16/03/2018
Date submitted to OIE 16/03/2018
Date event resolved 06/03/2018
Reason for notification New strain of a listed disease in the country
Causal agent Highly pathogenic influenza A virus
Serotype H5N6
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (09/02/2018)
Follow-up report No. 1 (12/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 2 (16/03/2018)
Follow-up report No. 3 (22/03/2019)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Mountshannon, Co. Clare, Clare
Date of start of the outbreak 06/03/2018
Outbreak status Resolved (06/03/2018)
Epidemiological unit Not applicable
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
White-tailed Eagle:Haliaeetus albicilla(Accipitridae) 1 1 0 0
Affected population On 6th March 2018, a white tailed sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) was found dead on Cribby Island which is located in Lough Derg near Mountshannon, County Clare in an area known to be frequented by migratory wildbirds.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
White-tailed Eagle:Haliaeetus albicilla(Accipitridae) 1 1 0 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
White-tailed Eagle:Haliaeetus albicilla(Accipitridae) ** ** 100.00% **
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
**Not calculated because of missing information
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments On 12th March 2018 the Irish Central Veterinary Research Laboratory confirmed the presence of avian influenza subtype H5N6 in samples taken from the white tailed eagle. On 15th March 2018 sequencing results confirmed highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N6.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Irish Central Veterinary Research Laboratory (National laboratory) White-tailed Eagle real-time PCR 12/03/2018 Positive
Bioscience Waterford (Private Laboratory) White-tailed Eagle virus sequencing 15/03/2018 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations