Infectious Diseases 2020

Infectious Diseases 2020

Australia: Avian influenza detected at emu farm near Kerang

27 August, 2020

An egg farm with 37,000 birds in the Golden Plains Shire and an emu farm near Kerang have been confirmed as the latest properties with cases of avian influenza.
The Golden Plains egg farm has been placed under quarantine after being confirmed as having high pathogenic H7N7 avian influenza. The two detections bring the total number of affected farms to six since the first case on July 31.
The emu farm near Kerang reported sick birds to Agriculture Victoria and subsequent testing has confirmed low pathogenic H7N6 avian influenza. The property has about 8000 farmed emus and is under quarantine with a restricted area of 2 km and a control area of 5 km now in place around the farm.. This is a different strain of avian influenza than is currently impacting poultry farms in Golden Plains Shire and is not linked to previous cases of avian influenza.