For answers to questions about vaccines against the normal human flu and the potential pandemic flu, a good source of information is the World Health Organisation's website.
There are two diseases that are covered by the media at present. On the one hand there is the bird disease, avian influenza, and in particular the strain H5N1 that is affecting poultry in a number of South-East Asian countries, China and more recently Bulgaria, Rumania, the Ukraine, Turkey, Nigeria, Italy, Germany and France. The [...]
Avian influenza and human pandemic influenza are different diseases. Avian influenza is a disease of birds which only very, very rarely causes disease in humans. The strain H5N1 is known to have infected over 100 people in the two years between December 2003 and the end of 2005. For a human influenza pandemic to become [...]
This website has further information and links that you may wish to explore. An excellent international site is the US based information portal http://www.avianinfluenzainfo.com and the FAQs on that site. The World Health Organization and the Food and Agriculture Organisation are other good sources of information on avian influenza.
Eggs, meat and poultry products in Australia remain safe. If avian influenza was ever detected on a farm here, that property would be immediately quarantined. No products would leave the property from that point, and any poultry products that may have left the farm previously would be traced and recalled before they could reach the [...]
The Australian poultry industry has taken comprehensive steps over the years to minimise the risk of an outbreak, including: Strict bio-security on farms. Constant vigilance. The industry is constantly checking and testing flocks for possible outbreaks in partnership with government; and A well rehearsed and up-to-date rapid response plan which would come into play in [...]
Australia is a world leader in biological security and has comprehensive programs and procedures for the detection and eradication of any outbreak. In the unlikely event of an outbreak, the infected farm would immediately be quarantined and depopulated to control and eradicate any further spread in line with agreed national standards. No birds from flocks [...]
Australia does not have Avian Influenza (H5N1) in poultry flocks, and there is an extremely low risk of an outbreak. Australia is extremely well prepared for such a possibility - the key to control would be early detection and notification.
“To date, no epidemiological data suggest that the disease can be transmitted to humans through properly cooked food (even if contaminated with the virus prior to cooking). However, in a few instances, cases have been linked to consumption of dishes made of raw contaminated poultry blood.” (Link to AI WHO word doc in web folder)
Yes, the chicken you eat in Australia is grown in Australia. From your local takeaway or supermarket to your 5-star restaurant you’ll only find Australian chicken. Thanks to our strict quarantine policies, chicken imports are banned to protect our chickens from disease.