Avian influenza (AI) is an infectious disease of birds caused by an influenza virus. The AI virus is not the same as the human influenza virus that normally causes seasonal influenza in humans, particularly in winter. There are many different subtypes of the AI virus and only rarely do any of these subtypes affect humans.
AI can infect a wide range of birds including chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea fowl, partridges, pheasants, emus, ostriches, and a large number of aviary and wild birds, especially waterfowl such as ducks, geese and swans.
AI is a notifiable disease under NSW legislation. There is a legal obligation to notify authorities if you know or suspect that birds are infected with this disease.
You can notify by phoning:
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