“Australian Quarantine Infected Livestock H7 Avian Flu”. Outbreaks of the deadly bird flu (highly pathogenic) attacked Australia in 15 years. This makes Australia must destroy 50 thousand chickens, although they do not know what caused the case to the egg farm in New South Wales. Ministry of Basic Industry Australia or the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) says, the whole chicken in Maitland, 160 miles north of Sydney, will be destroyed because the H7 virus detected.
Australian Quarantine Infected Livestock H7 Avian Flu
H7 subtypes are known highly pathogenic for birds, but not related to the H5N1 strain, which was first detected in 1997 in Hong Kong, and left hundreds of people dead. Head of Animal Health DPU Ian Roth said the H7 virus attacks are not at risk for food safety of poultry and eggs. The owner of the infected farms have been quarantined by the experts to find the source of the virus, which often occurs in wild birds.
Australian Quarantine Infected Livestock H7 Avian Flu. ”It’s usually spread by the movement of birds from farms and not necessarily from them. ”We are in the process of tracking and surveillance in the area, and so far it looks good tracking. Yet many potential spread,” said Roth. Ministry of Agriculture Australia report outbreaks to the World Animal Health Organization or the Office Internationale epizootic (OIE) in Paris. Australian Chicken Meat Federation said the industry produced 1.12 million tonnes per year, valued at 1.9 billion Australian dollars, mostly used for domestic and five percent is exported.
“Japan banned the import of poultry and eggs from Australia after an outbreak,” said Australian Agriculture Ministry said in a statement on Thursday evening. In the statement explained, Japan imported 0.9 tons of meat in 2011 and 1.9 tons in 2009. Imported eggs reached 2.1 tons during the three years prior to last year. Japan asked the Australian authorities to give a detailed explanation of the outbreak.
Chicken Meat Federation executive director Andreas Dubs said most exports are done is for pet food, while chicken claw exported to several countries and eaten by humans. Official Australian Government estimates that about 41 thousand tons of chickens will be exported until June 30, 2013.
The main export destinations are Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Vietnam, and South Africa. Manufacturers usually issued first Australian dollars per kilo for chicken products. Many countries, including Japan, have automatic measures to stop imports in the event of an outbreak of bird flu, and they will discuss with the Australian authorities to check whether the outbreak is contained in the export of goods and non-refundable.
“This is a normal thing for any country, if proven caught the plague, some states have requirements that are free. It is a short-term reaction to the moment, not really a long-term concern for us,” said Dubs. An official said that South Korea imported 5.2 tons of poultry Australia last year, is doing the assessment.
“The ministry is discussing whether to ban poultry imports from Australia, although the numbers are small. Upon reviewing this issue, we will take security precautions and hygiene,” said an official from the Ministry of Agriculture quarantine policy divisions in South Korea Chang Jae-hong.
Australian Quarantine Infected Livestock H7 Avian Flu. Hong Kong has not issued a ban on imports. Quarantine Bureau of China has not issued a ban, but analysts say China is not a major importer of Australia. Australia face an outbreak of bird flu in February, which led to the ban on exports of poultry products Australia to Japan, but it was not a pathogenic virus. Most of the bird flu virus does not cause disease in humans. The World Health Organization said at least one type of H7 strain, subtype H7N7 can infect humans and even kill him, but the impact on humans tend to be mild.