Case of Avian Influenza in New South Wales
Update 22 November
An outbreak of H7 Avian Influenza has been controlled at a layer hen facility in the Lower Hunter region of New South Wales.
There have been no reports of this strain of avian influenza in Victoria. Authorities in New South Wales have taken the appropriate action to restrict the spread of the outbreak.
For further information about Avian Influenza, please view the links below.
If you suspect a case of avian influenza infection on your property, you should contact DPI by phoning 1800 675 888.
Low Pathogenic Outbreak January 2012
6 June 2012
In January 2012 The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) quarantined a commercial duck farm in two locations north-west of Melbourne after birds there tested positive to Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza (LPAI).
To prevent spread of the disease, and in accordance with the Livestock Disease Control Act 1994, the Minister of Agriculture declared Restricted and Control areas around the infected properties in which movement of birds and eggs was restricted.
Subsequently, the infected properties were depopulated and decontaminated and the results of surveillance have shown that LPAI is no longer present. On 5th June 2012 the Minister revoked the movement restrictions around the infected properties.
In Victoria, strict biosecurity guidelines apply to all poultry farms to prevent poultry, feed and water from mixing with wild birds. This minimises the risk of disease. It is a good practice to protect the food and water used for your pet birds and to ensure wild birds cannot come into contact with them. Finally, it is important for all of us to follow good hygiene practices to minimise the risk of any disease, such as washing hands after contact with animals and birds and, in particular, not handling sick or dead birds. These are sensible precautions that will prevent many diseases, not just AI.
For further information about Avian Influenza review the links below or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186. Suspected cases of avian influenza infection should be reported to the DPI by phoning 1800 675 888.