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Avian influenza

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Avian influenza, or 'bird flu', is an infectious viral disease that normally affects only birds. Since 2003, outbreaks of the H5N1 strain of avian influenza in poultry have occurred in a number of countries throughout Asia, Africa and Europe. As at 15 January 2008, 350 confirmed cases of infection in humans had been reported, with 217 deaths. In Australia, there have been no reports of H5N1 avian influenza in birds and there have been no known human cases of H5N1 influenza. This situation is being closely monitored by animal and human health authorities.

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Notification 

Attending medical practitioners/medical superintendents (or delegates)
Pathology laboratories
Notification resources

Enhanced surveillance for public health units

  • Case report form (PDF, 388kB) - used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.

Epidemiological data and reports

  • Case report form (PDF, 388kB) - used by public health units to collect and manage more detailed information for enhanced case surveillance.

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Last updated: 5/11/2015 11:39:44 AM