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  • AU: LP H7N6 at Emu Farm in Victoria


    Hundreds of emus dead as bird flu spreads
    27th Aug 2020 6:32 PM

    Thousands of emus and chickens will be killed after an outbreak of bird flu in regional Victoria.

    Veterinarians from Agriculture Victoria are on the farm in Kerang, three hours north of Melbourne, to euthanise the emu chicks.

    The dramatic move came after 200 birds came down with avian influenza earlier this week, spreading to the emu farm in Kerang and an egg farm in the Golden Plains Shire.

    The detection of bird flu at the two new farms takes the total number of affected farms to six, since the first farm detection on July 31.

    "The H7N7, H7N6 and H5N2 types of the virus are not a risk to the public as it rarely affects humans, unless there is direct and close contact with sick birds. Properly cooked poultry products including chicken and eggs are safe to eat," Agriculture Victoria advised...

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    Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry),
    Information received on 26/08/2020 from Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government, Canberra, Australia
    Report type Immediate notification
    Date of start of the event 18/08/2020
    Date of confirmation of the event 26/08/2020
    Report date 26/08/2020
    Date submitted to OIE 26/08/2020
    Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
    Date of previous occurrence 27/06/2013
    Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
    Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus
    Serotype H7N6
    Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
    This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
    New outbreaks (1)
    Outbreak 1 Kerang, Victoria
    Date of start of the outbreak 18/08/2020
    Outbreak status Continuing (or date resolved not provided)
    Epidemiological unit Farm
    Affected animals
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Birds 8753 2000 100 0 0
    Affected population commercial emu farm
    Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
    Total animals affected
    Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
    Birds 8753 2000 100 0 0
    Outbreak statistics
    Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
    Birds 22.85% 1.14% 5.00% 1.14%
    *Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
    Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
    • Unknown or inconclusive
    • Contact with wild species
    Epidemiological comments Clinical signs in chicks only.
    Control measures
    Measures applied
    • Movement control inside the country
    • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
    • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
    • Traceability
    • Vaccination prohibited
    • No treatment of affected animals
    Measures to be applied
    • Stamping out
    • Disinfection
    Diagnostic test results
    Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
    Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (OIE Reference Laboratory) Birds gene sequencing 25/08/2020 Positive
    Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (OIE Reference Laboratory) Birds polymerase chain reaction (PCR) 25/08/2020 Positive
    Future Reporting
    The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.

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