11 June 2024. Last updated 11 June 2024. 

Victorian authorities are responding to the detection of avian influenza at 5 Victorian poultry farms. Four infected properties have the high pathogenicity H7N3 strain of avian influenza, and the fifth infected property has the high pathogenicity H7N9 strain. All properties have been placed in quarantine and all poultry will be safely disposed of. The sites will be cleaned and cleared of the infection.

While cases among humans in direct contact with animals infected with highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses are possible, the current risk to the public remains low. Find out more about avian influenza in humans from the BetterHealth Channel.

Poultry farmers, backyard flock and bird owners are urged to report any cases of unexplained bird deaths to Biosecurity Queensland on 13 25 23 (business hours) or the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888 (after hours) and seek veterinary advice. 

Avian influenza is a notifiable disease. This means that legally you must report it if you know of or suspect the presence of avian influenza in any birds.

Good biosecurity practices are essential to reduce the risk of disease. For more information please see:

Further information (including symptoms of the disease in birds):