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Investigation Underway Into Suspected Case Of Botulism

: 08/09/2018 - 12:25

An investigation is underway into botulism incidence which have caused the death of up to 20 cattle on a Kildare farm.

Three cases of suspected botulism have been reported in Meath and Kildare, according to the Irish Independent.

A "through investigation" into  the possible link between poultry litter and a suspected incidence of botulism as the cause of the unexpected death of up to 20 beef animals on a Co Kildare farm last spring has been confirmed by the Department of Agriculture and Food.

However, six months after the incident, Minister Michael Creed has stated in a Dail reply that the investigation "is not yet concluded" and remains ongoing.

It is also understood that officials from the Department of Agriculture have inspected a farm in Co Meath where botulism is also suspected as the cause of sudden death of ten animal earlier this year.

Other reported losses of animals suspect to have been caused by Botulism over recent months remain unconfirmed.

ICMSA President, Pat McCormack says any suspect Botulism infection is "extremely concerning" to livestock farmers.




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