Avian Influenza

What is avian influenza?

  • Avian influenza is a viral disease of birds. There are many different strains ranging from low pathogenicity (mild) to highly pathogenic (severe with high mortality).
  • Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) spreads between wild and domestic birds by direct or indirect contact, and susceptible domestic birds include: chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl and quail.
  • Birds with avian influenza may display a range of signs. For a list of these and further information visit The Queensland Government, Avian Influenza Alert.

What risk does avian influenza present to our region?

  • HPAI continues to spread overseas with more than 60 countries affected in 2020 and 2021.
  • Although Australia is currently free of HPAI, the risk of infection is increasing, and an outbreak could have serious social and economic impacts.
  • It is important for anyone with birds to look, report and protect.

How do I report avian influenza?

If you suspect avian influenza in birds you should immediately notify your veterinarian and the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

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