DATE: May 12, 2018
LOCATION: Ourimbah, Central Coast region of New South Wales
DETAILS: The deaths of more than 700 ring neck pheasants from botulism, at an Ourimbah [Central Coast region of New South Wales] property, have prompted a warning from biosecurity experts to report unusual signs and behaviour in domestic poultry.
Greater Sydney Local Land Services District Veterinarian, Dr Aziz Chowdhury, said botulism was a rare condition caused by a toxin found in the environment, often spread by wild birds, rotting carcasses or other contaminated material.
Botulism is best prevented by removing dead birds daily, removing the source of the toxin, supplying clean feed and water, and preventing wild bird access to the feeder and water, keeping birds away from stagnant or pooled water, and providing feed in containers and not on the ground. Sick birds should be isolated and provided with food and water.
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