The risk of human bird flu infection is small in Australia and people can still safely eat chicken and keep pet birds, according to bird medicine specialist Dr Bob Doneley.
"The chances of getting bird flu off a pet bird or your neighbours birds are so infinitesimally small," UQ School of Veterinary Science Adjunct Professor Dr Doneley said.
"You’re more likely to have a light plane hit by a meteor and fall on your head than somebody getting bird flu off their cockatiel."
"Consumers of poultry meat and egg products should not be concerned as the risk of infection from eating poultry products is extremely low," Dr Doneley said.
"The avian influenza virus, like most other viruses and bacteria) is destroyed by adequate heating or cooking."
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