LCCC Statement: Avian Influenza

December 13, 2021

Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council continues to advise people to avoid contact with birds following confirmation by the Department of Agriculture and Environmental and Rural Affairs (DAERA) of the presence of Avian Influenza in Northern Ireland.

Whilst the Public Health Agency has confirmed that human infections are rare, they have issued the following guidance:

  • Do not pick up or touch sick, dying or dead poultry or wild birds and keep dogs away from them;
  • Avoid contact with wild birds including their feathers and waste; and
  • Maintain good personal hygiene with regular hand washing with soap and use of alcohol based rubs.

New signage has been implemented at council facilities to advise people to keep away from the wild birds, to maintain good hand hygiene and follow all the health and safety advice.

To report dead birds at council facilities, please email ehealth@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk or call 028 9244 7397.

We continue to monitor the situation and are working in partnership with the DAERA, the Public Health Agency (PHA) and other relevant authorities.