There have been no recorded cases in any country of the strain transferring to humans
The H5N8 strain of avian influenza has been discovered in County Wexford.
The Department of Agriculture has confirmed H5N8 has been identified in a wild duck.
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre says no human infections of the disease have been reported worldwide.
In the last fortnight bird flu has been identified on a number of UK farms - while Minister Michael Creed last week issued an order that all poultry be kept indoors in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease.
Several European countries including Germany, Poland and Denmark have confirmed cases of H5N8 since it was discovered in a wild swan in Hungary on 27 October.