Leader, July 15 2022

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Bird flu concerns need to be heeded

How devasting it was to hear about the catastrophic demise of so many seabirds along our beautiful coastline this week.

Avian flu is not new to our shores but the recent soar in the numbers of reported dead and decaying birds is worrying for both wild and domestic creatures and as a wider public health issue.

Public health agencies are currently advising that human infections with Avian Influenza are rare and that the risk to the general public’s health is very low, however, it is vital the public do not pick up or touch any dead or injured wild birds as this can cause the disease to spread to other colonies of seabirds or poultry flocks.

Councillors Kelly and MacPherson are to be commended for the work they have done this week in taking their concerns to local and national authorities.

Better communication and a proactive approach may not get rid of it, but would go a long way to allaying public fears and helping to stop the spread of this truly awful disease.

Has the recent Covid pandemic taught us nothing?