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THIN FLU LINE Joke Garda bulletin written up after flu-infected falcon attacked officer goes viral

It's understood the officer was attacked and injured as he attempted to feed the falcon pieces of chicken

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The ‘bulletin’ circulated

The ‘bulletin’ circulated

The ‘bulletin’ circulated

A joke Garda 'criminal intelligence bulletin', written up after a bird-flu infected peregrine falcon attacked an officer has gone viral on WhatsApp.

The bulletin, showing a picture of Sesame Street character Big Bird in the spot normally reserved for a mug-shot, warns: "Members to be aware of the above avian individual who has previous for assaulting members with their sharp beak while being fed chicken by members.

"Members to also be aware of talons and the potential it may be infected with bird flu."

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The garda was attacked by the falcon

The garda was attacked by the falcon

The garda was attacked by the falcon

 

The Sunday World understands the joke bulletin circulated among gardai in the wake of an incident earlier this month in which a falcon, handed into Store Street garda station in Dublin, attacked an officer.

The bird, which had been found in a distressed condition on Abbey Street, was in a kennel in the basement of the station to keep it safe.

It's understood that after the bird was handed in an officer was attacked and injured as he attempted to feed it pieces of chicken.

In the aftermath of the attack, a vet was called to the station to examine the bird.

It's understood he detected symptoms of avian flu and advised that it would have to be put down.

In the wake of the officer being injured a number of humorous images began circulating within the station.

However, after these leaked into circulation within the wider public, officers were advised to tone down their comedic efforts.

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One message circulating advised station staff: "The Super is aware it's been leaked to the press.

"There's not much uproar about it but he wants a chat with whoever made it.

"The job is f**ked. Can't even appreciate a good joke anymore."

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The falcon was found in Dublin city centre

The falcon was found in Dublin city centre

The falcon was found in Dublin city centre

 

The Department of Agriculture has since confirmed that the falcon tested positive for avian flu.

In a statement the department said: "The peregrine falcon was confirmed positive for avian influenza H5N1.

"Although the HPAI H5N1 subtype can cause serious disease in poultry and other birds, human infection is extremely rare.

"The risk to humans is considered to be very low."

The symptoms of bird flu in humans are similar to those of regular influenza and include fever, sore throat, cough, headache and aching muscles.

Scientists have identified more than a dozen different strains, or variants, of bird flu.

H5N1, one of the deadliest strains for humans, has caused 456 bird flu deaths since 2003, according to the World Health Organisation.

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