Low pathogenic avian influenza (poultry),
Information received on 25/08/2020 from Dr Mark Schipp, Chief Veterinary Officer, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Australian Government, Canberra, Australia
Report type Follow-up report No. 2
Date of start of the event 07/08/2020
Date of confirmation of the event 10/08/2020
Report date 25/08/2020
Date submitted to OIE 25/08/2020
Date event resolved 30/11/2020
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 27/06/2013
Manifestation of disease Clinical disease
Causal agent Low pathogenic avian influenza virus
Serotype H5N2
Nature of diagnosis Clinical, Laboratory (basic), Laboratory (advanced)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (11/08/2020)
Follow-up report No. 1 (18/08/2020)
Follow-up report No. 2 (25/08/2020)
Follow-up report No. 3 (04/09/2020)
Follow-up report No. 4 (14/12/2020)
Outbreaks There are no new outbreaks in this report
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
  • Contact with wild species
Epidemiological comments A mixed turkey/ spent layer hen farm within the existing restricted area for HPAI was sampled following notification of clinical signs. A second commercial turkey farm near Bairnsdale was investigated due to recent movement of 7-800 turkeys from the first property. Depopulation of both properties has been completed. Disposal and disinfection continues. Surveillance is continuing both within and outside the restricted area.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Stamping out
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Quarantine
  • Surveillance within containment and/or protection zone
  • Surveillance outside containment and/or protection zone
  • Movement control inside the country
  • Vaccination prohibited
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • Disinfection
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.