/ 25 June 2024

Farmers in a flap

chickens

Poultry farmers remain on high alert as the ongoing bird flu outbreak has infected a second farm in the NSW Hawkesbury region. The affected chicken meat facility is within a biosecurity zone of an egg farm just 1.5km away which was the state’s first confirmed case last week. The detected strain is H7N8 – different to the H7N3 and H7N9 strains that have been causing havoc in Victoria where a major outbreak has been underway since May. At least 87,000 birds will be euthanised in NSW, joining one million others in Victoria as authorities try to stem transmission of the disease. NSW Minister for Agriculture Tara Moriarty says quick identification of the latest case proves biosecurity measures are working. She’s also “not concerned” about further spread and says chicken meat is “safe for people to consume, so long as it’s cooked in the usual way”.

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