Infectious diseases

The council investigates occurrences of food poisoning and infectious disease reported to us by doctors, to find the cause of the outbreak and to prevent any spread.

Swine Flu

For the latest information and advice on Swine Flu

Avian Flu (Bird Flu)

Avian influenza is a highly infectious disease affecting many species of birds, including commercial, wild and pet birds. The disease is caused by influenza viruses closely related to human influenza viruses.

Transmission to humans in close contact with poultry or other birds occurs rarely and only with some strains of avian influenza. The potential for transformation of avian influenza into a form that both causes severe disease in humans and spreads easily from person to person is a great concern for world health.

All people that keep poultry and other domestic birds should remain vigilant for signs of the disease and all keepers should maintain a high level of biosecurity to reduce the risk of introducing the disease.

Last reviewed: 15 - 09 - 2014

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