Victorian avian flu duck cull
A national disease emergency plan has been activated by the culling of stock at Golden Duck Farms in Victoria to prevent the outbreak of a pathogenic avian influenza.
According to reports, to prevent any potential risks of outbreaks, 25,000 ducks were gassed to death in the last two days.
Victoria’s chief veterinary officer Andrew Cameron said while the virus discovered on the farms posed little risk to humans, the cull was a way to eliminate any potential of the virus affecting humans or mutating.
In an article on 5 January, 2012 Australian Food News reported on the high risk status of avian influenza and its potential impact if a pandemic were to occur.