Avian influenza (bird flu)
Last updated: 10 Jan 2014
The outbreak of H7 avian influenza on two poultry farms in the Young district has been successfully eradicated.
Results of final clearance testing on restocker birds on the two affected properties have returned negative for the virus.
All restrictions on the operations at the two farms have now been lifted.
The Department of Primary Industries supported by the former Livestock Health and Pest Authority (now Local Land Services), led an extensive emergency management program to contain the outbreak on two properties.
Australia has previously had a small number of outbreaks of Avian Influenza viruses which were all quickly and successfully eradicated.
People who notice sick or dead birds should contact their local veterinarian or call the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888.
The virus is definitely not the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain that has gained worldwide attention - nor is it closely related to that strain.
The NSW Food Authority has further information.
Avian influenza, also known as 'bird flu', is an infectious disease of birds, which can also affect humans in rare cases. While there is no evidence that bird flu is affecting birds or humans in Australia at the present time, there have been a number of recent cases of the more serious strain of the virus (H5N1) in some Asian countries and parts of Europe.
To help people working in agriculture and the general community better understand bird flu, and what measures are being taken to help protect the NSW poultry industry and birds in general, a series of fact sheets have been prepared along with a series of commonly asked questions and answers.
- Avian influenza (AI) - questions and answers
- Avian Influenza (bird flu): biosecurity for bird owners
- Avian influenza (bird flu): human health facts
- Avian influenza (bird flu): poultry and bird facts
- Avian Influenza (bird flu): wild bird facts
- Precautions for handling dead wild birds
- Biosecurity guidelines for egg producers
- NSW biosecurity guidelines for free range poultry farms
- Biosecurity tips for bird shows
- Poultry health - keeping diseases out
- National and international collaboration to combat Avian Influenza [31 Oct 2013]
- Backyard birdowners advised to check flock health [25 Oct 2013]
- Second NSW farm detected with Avian Influenza [24 Oct 2013]
- Avian Influenza confirmed at Young egg farm [15 Oct 2013]
Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline
- 1800 675 888
Unusual disease signs, abnormal behaviour or unexplained deaths in livestock that may be due to an emergency animal disease can be reported on this number.