Australia kills 400,000 laying hens due to bird flu outbreak

According to ABC News, the outbreak of bird flu in the Australian state of Victoria has led to the suspension of imports of poultry products from at least eight countries in the region from Australia.

A strain of the virus was first detected in late July at the Free Laying Chicken Farm in Letbridge, northwest of Gilong.

Infected birds included ostriches, turkeys and chickens, which have since been observed in six poultry farms across Victoria.

The Victorian Ministry of Agriculture said three different strains had been identified in terms of intensity, meaning that not all conflicts were related.

To date, about 400,000 farmed birds have been exterminated to control the spread of the virus.
The head of the Victorian Farmers’ Federation’s egg group said the loss of the herd would be devastating for large and small egg producers.