Second Avian Influenza Case Confirmed in ACT

ACT, Australia

In a recent update, the ACT Government has confirmed a second case of Avian Influenza (H7N8) within the Territory’s quarantine control area. The virus was detected in backyard chickens at a residential property, as stated by Minister for the Environment, Parks and Land Management, Rebecca Vassarotti. Despite the unfortunate second detection, the Minister expressed gratitude towards the property owners for their swift action in preventing the potential spread of the virus. The Government has set up an online form for bird owners within the quarantine area to aid in understanding the risks of Avian Influenza transmission.

Avian Influenza is a highly transmittable virus that can easily spread through sick birds, contaminated equipment, and even wild birds. The government emphasizes the importance of biosecurity measures such as avoiding contact between domestic and wild birds, maintaining cleanliness, and reporting any suspected or confirmed cases to the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline. For more information on the quarantine area and protective measures, please visit the ACT Environment website. For updates on the situation across Australia, visit the website, and for food safety information, visit the Food Standards Australian New Zealand website.