Avian influenza (bird flu)
Last updated: 25 Nov 2013
Decontamination and disinfection has been completed at two egg farms near Young, which were recently infected with H7 Avian Influenza.
Both properties remain under quarantine while they complete a mandatory period of vacancy before restocking can commence later this year.
There is no indication that the virus has spread beyond the two properties, and the Department is working with the owners to get operations at the farms back to normal as soon as possible.
Australia has previously had a small number of outbreaks of Avian Influenza viruses which were all quickly and successfully eradicated.
The NSW Food Authority has confirmed that there are no food safety issues and that poultry and eggs remain safe to eat. More information is available from the NSW Food Authority.
Advice remains for poultry owners, particularly backyard poultry owners in the Young and Cowra districts, to check the health of their birds daily and to report any unusual signs.
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.