The Advice for veterinarians and other animal health professionals lists the clinical signs to look out for and provides information on important PPE and biosecurity measures, and information about other relevant guidelines.
Please refer members of the public to the advice for people who encounter sick or dead wild birds.
WHA has advised:
From 2021-2022, high pathogenicity avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 clade 126.96.36.199b has caused ongoing outbreaks of disease in wild birds throughout much of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Mortalities have been observed in a wide range of species, seen as individual bird deaths and have included mass mortalities. While previous research has determined the risk of HPAI strains entering Australia via migratory birds to be low, the current global situation means an increased level of risk to Australia.
With the return of migratory birds from the northern hemisphere to Australia from September to November, there is likely a higher chance for an introduction of HPAI viruses into Australia compared to previous years.
Avian influenza is a nationally notifiable disease which means if you suspect an animal is showing signs of the disease, you must report it. You can do this by contacting your local veterinarian or call the national Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.
WHA-related resources and advice:
- Advice for people who encounter sick or dead wild birds
- Advice for veterinarians and other animal health professionals
- Risk Management advice for bird banders, wildlife rangers and researchers
- WHA Fact sheet: Avian influenza in wild birds in Australia
- Technical Issue Update – Global High Pathogenicity Avian Influenza Events (Feb 2022)
- National Wildlife Biosecurity Guidelines
- Find out more about Australia’s Wild Bird Avian Influenza Surveillance program.
- Australian Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry –Information on Avian Influenza or Bird Flu and Information for bird owners.
- Australian Department of Health and Aged Care – Avian influenza in Humans.
- World Organisation for Animal Health & IUCN SSC Wildlife Health Specialist Group – Avian Influenza and Wildlife: Risk management for people working with wild birds.