Hens to be put down after bird flu discovered at farm

UP TO 50,000 hens could be destroyed after an unidentified strain of bird flu was discovered at a NSW farm.

While experts do not believe the strain is the deadly H5NI responsible for a worldwide epidemic in 2003, the hens will have to be put down if the virus is found to be contagious.

The hens were in quarantine on Thursday night while the farmer awaited lab test results from the CSIRO.



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