By Sahar Mourad For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 11:11 BST, 1 August 2020 | Updated: 11:42 BST, 1 August 2020
A free-range egg farm in Victoria has been hit with bird flu.
Birds on the farm near Lethbridge have tested positive for H7N7 avian influenza virus.
Fowl found to have contracted the virus are being destroyed to stop the spread of the disease.
H7N7 is spread from one sick bird to another and mainly affects chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants, ostriches and wild birds.
H7N7 is spread from one sick bird to another and mainly affects chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl, quail, pheasants, ostriches and wild birds (stock)
It can also be passed from animal-to-person and person-to-person if there is direct contact.
Symptoms start off like the common flu such as cough, fever, sore throat, muscle aches, headache and shortness of breath.
Victoria's Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Graeme Cooke said a 5km radius protection zone had been placed around the farm and it is in quarantine.
Workers and bio-security officers are managing the situation, he added.
'These controls prohibit the movement of birds, related equipment and products within and out of the designated control area of Golden Plains Shire unless a permit for movement has been granted by Agriculture Victoria