Be alert for signs in commercial and domestic poultry, and wildlife
The HPAI clade 126.96.36.199.b has not been detected in Australia. If it was introduced, an outbreak may be detected first in wild birds, wild mammals, domestic poultry or commercial poultry. Include avian influenza in your differential diagnosis list for any unusual disease outbreaks or mortality events. Contact your state or territory government biosecurity agency or the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888 for further advice. For further advice on HPAI in wild birds, see the Wildlife Health Australia website.
Signs of disease in poultry
Disease manifestations in infected poultry ranges from inapparent infection to respiratory, enteric, neurological and reproductive disease of varied severity, to acute or progressive severe systemic disease with very high mortality.
Sample collection and laboratory testing needs to be undertaken with personal protective equipment and biosecurity precaution due to zoonotic transmission risks.
Contact your state or territory government biosecurity agency or the Emergency Animal Disease Hotline on 1800 675 888 for further advice on sample collection and submission.
Guidelines for Veterinary Personal Biosecurity are available from the Australian Veterinary Association, and may help veterinarians select appropriate personal protective equipment when handling animals suspected to be infected with avian influenza.