Following confirmation that a Gwynedd red squirrel died from the highly infectious squirrel pox virus, we had then found two suspected island cases of the infection. These included a young female found dead in Coed Mor near the Britannia bridge with a large lesion on the face. The body was sent to Animal Plant Health Agency labs for a full post mortem and histological examination. The results in both cases were negative.
Advice to the public is:
1. Please report an dead or dying red squirrels; including road deaths as soon as possible.
2. Clean feeders regularly and apply an anti-viral wash/spray or rinse well with warm soapy water.
3. Please look carefully at red squirrels visiting your garden, or that you may see in woodlands elsewhere, and report any that seem sluggish and/or that have scabs, blisters or grazes on the feet, nose, mouth and/or eyes.