Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry),
Information received on 08/03/2013 from Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, Australian Government, Canberra, Australia
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 14/02/2013
Date of confirmation of the event 08/03/2013
Report date 08/03/2013
Date submitted to OIE 08/03/2013
Date event resolved 27/06/2013
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 05/06/2012
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (08/03/2013)
Follow-up report No. 1 (14/03/2013)
Follow-up report No. 2 (26/03/2013)
Follow-up report No. 3 (27/06/2013)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 Henley Brook, Western Australia
Date of start of the outbreak 14/02/2013
Outbreak status Resolved (27/06/2013)
Epidemiological unit Village
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 95 1 0 95 0
Affected population One duck from a flock of backyard poultry (ducks and chickens) was found to be infected with low pathogenic avian influenza H5. This was an incidental finding.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 95 1 0 95 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 1.05% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments All backyard birds involved have been euthanased. Tracing and testing of contact birds is continuing. A 1km Restricted Area has been established around the premises. The N type is yet to be determined.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Quarantine
  • Stamping out
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Disinfection / Disinfestation
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
Australian Animal Health Laboratory (National laboratory) Birds gene sequencing 08/03/2013 Positive
Australian Animal Health Laboratory (National laboratory) Birds reverse transcription - polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) 08/03/2013 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations