Avian influenza detected on Victorian egg farm UPDATE
Date issued: 6 August 2020 - (Update to Advisory issued 31 July)
Issued by: Professor Allen Cheng, Acting Chief Health Officer, Victoria
Issued to: Health professionals and consumers in the Golden Plains Shire
- A further detection of avian influenza (AI) virus has been confirmed on a commercial egg farm in the Golden Plains Shire.
- Avian influenza (AI) viruses are a group of influenza viruses that normally circulate among birds.
- On rare occasions, this strain of avian influenza has been known to infect and cause disease in humans who have had close contact with infected poultry or human cases.
- To date, no human cases have been reported.
- When people are infected with a H7N7 AI virus, they may have no symptoms or have mild conjunctivitis or flu-like illness.
- Agriculture Victoria has confirmed the second farm is within the existing Restricted Area and is under movement restrictions and regular surveillance.
- There is no risk of transmission through consumption of eggs and chicken meat that are thoroughly cooked.
Read the full advisory: Avian influenza detected on Victorian egg farm
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