Victorian Avian influenza outbreak

Avian influenza H7N7 has been detected in Victoria at two free-range egg farm near Lethbridge along with detections of avian influenza H5N2 near Lethbridge and at Bairnsdale.

The virus is not considered a risk to the public as it rarely affects humans unless there is direct and close contact with sick birds. Properly cooked meat and eggs are safe to eat. There is no connection to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

If you notice a number of sick or dead birds, contact the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

For further information visit Agriculture Victoria disease information advice — avian flu

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The Department of Primary Industries and Regions (PIRSA) Biosecurity SA helps poultry owners with movement, health and diseases, and accreditation.

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Poultry owners producing egg and poultry meat for consumption must have both a:

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