This notebook is part of a GitHub repository: https://github.com/pessini/avian-flu-wild-birds-ireland
Author: Leandro Pessini
This analysis will investigate a dataset provided by Ireland's Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine which contains the locations of bird species captured in Ireland from 1980-09-01 to 2020-01-27 and wild birds that are targeted for the H5N1 strain of avian flu.
According to the dataset's description: Avian influenza or "Bird Flu" is a contagious and often fatal viral disease of birds. Wild birds, particularly wild migratory water birds are considered to be the main reservoir of avian influenza viruses. There is a constant risk of avian influenza being introduced into Ireland from wild birds particularly from November onwards each year as this is when migratory birds arrive and congregate on wetlands, mixing with resident species.
The notebook along with all data collection and preprocessing can be found here.
The aim of this report is to map how this disease spread throughout the island and provide insights on possible spots and species that might need extra attention from the scientists who investigate this constant threat to resident birds.
Birds Species with more than 200 Bird Flu cases:
All 4 species with the highest number of bird flu occurrences are resident species which indicates that migratory birds carrying the virus and mixing with local birds play an important role in spreading the disease.