The Department of Agriculture has confirmed a second case of bird flu after it was detected in a wild bird found in Co Galway.

The discovery follows the Department’s confirmation earlier this week that a wild bird found in Co Wexford on 28 December was infected with the H5N8 avian influenza virus.

The public is being advised not to handle dead or sick birds.

H5N8 is the cause of recent outbreaks of bird flu in the UK and across continental Europe and is highly contagious among birds although it poses a low risk to humans.

Since before Christmas all poultry breeders and others who keep birds have been required to keep them indoors as part of a series of bio-security measures put in place by the Department of Agriculture.

No outbreaks have been detected in poultry in Ireland so far.