ACT Bird Flu information
This web page has been established to keep the ACT public informed about local issues related to Bird Flu (Avian Influenza). The page also links you to other relevant information and will be updated on a regular basis.
ACT Health is responsible for the coordination of planning and our response to any Influenza Pandemic. This includes managing cases of Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) if they occur in our region.
Current national response to disease outbreaks
About Bird Flu (Avian Influenza)
This section gives you information about Bird Flu, including which countries have been affected by outbreaks of Bird Flu in birds and amongst humans. See the specific sections below that discuss bird / animal health and human health issues.
Countries with human cases
- World Health Organisation latest developments, including cumulative number of confirmed human cases of Avian Influenza A(H5N1) reported to WHO
ACT planning processes
ACT Health is responsible for the coordination of planning and our local response to any Influenza Pandemic. This includes managing cases of Bird Flu (Avian Influenza) if they occur in our region. The ACT planning process involves coordinating a number of agencies, including health, non-health, government and non-government organisations.
Protecting yourself and others against respiratory illness
- Handwashing is one of the most important measures to prevent the spread of infection
- Anyone with respiratory-type illnesses should be careful with secretions from the nose and mouth.
- Cover the nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Use a tissue and dispose carefully in the waste once used.
- Always wash hands after having any contact with respiratory secretions.
- Be careful with respiratory secretions when around other people (eg while coughing and sneezing). It may be best to avoid contact with individuals at risk (small children or those with underlying or chronic illnesses such as immune-suppression or lung disease) until respiratory symptoms have resolved.
- Avoid contact with secretions of people who have respiratory illnesses.
- Ask people to use a tissue and to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Returning from travel
- Have you recently arrived or returned from overseas? Do you have a fever, a bad cough, difficulties breathing or do you otherwise feel unwell? Please see a doctor about your symptoms. When seeing your doctor, immediately tell them about your symptoms and that you have just been overseas.
- On return from areas of risk, call a doctor or contact healthdirect on 1800 022 222 regarding any flu-like symptoms.
Intending to travel
- Intending to travel to countries affected by bird flu? Visit the Smartraveller website.
- Read the World Health Organisation recommendations relating to travellers coming from and going to countries experiencing outbreaks of bird flu.
Who do I call for more information?
Human health issues
- Call healthdirect Australia on 1800 022 222 for health information, advice, referral or assessment, 24 hours a day.
- Call Communicable Disease Control on (02) 6205 2155 during business hours.
Bird animal related issues
- Visit the Environment ACT website or call 13 2281.
- Call the national exotic animal disease watch hotline for reporting suspicious events on 1800 675 888.