Bird flu confirmed in bodies found on Manx beaches


Dead seabirds found washed up on beaches on the Isle of Man had avian influenza, the island's government has confirmed.

Samples taken from birds found at Port Erin have tested positive for the H5N1 virus. Last week a 'significant number' of dead birds, predominately Guillemots, were also found on the shore in the south and west of island.

Most of the dead birds found on the Isle of Man were Guillemots (Joe Graham).

It marks the first confirmed outbreak since the lifting of a surveillance zone in the west of the island in January.

Anyone who finds five or more dead birds has been urged to contact the regulation directorate of the Isle of Man Government's Animal Health Team.