Avian influenza - how to cook birds or handle dead birds

Posters (with accompanying scripts) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health communities on the human health risks of avian influenza in wild birds in Australia. Posters and scripts to be used by local health and community workers.

Page last updated: 27 July 2011

Fact sheets for the Indigenous Community


PDF printable version of When Cooking Our Birds (PDF 103 KB)

When cooking our birds

When you eat a freshly caught bird
When you eat a freshly caught bird
Make sure you cook the bird all the way through
Make sure you cook the bird all the way through
Cook your eggs
Cook your eggs
Don’t eat them raw or runny
Don’t eat them raw or runny
Always wash your hands really well after touching any birds or food
Always wash your hands really well after touching any birds or food


Top of PagePDF printable version of Stay Away From Dead Birds (PDF 59 KB)

Health Care Worker Script for hand-out Stay Away from Dead Birds fact sheet

Story path

Story guide:
Illustation of step by step - how to handle dead bird
Hey you mob! You been hearing about this bird flu thing?
Bird flu is a germ that is killin’ birds around the world and some people have gotten sick from it too. It’s not in Australia, but we still need to be prepared.
The way we can catch bird flu is from eating or touching a sick bird’s raw meat or blood, maybe even eggs or their feathers….bird droppings can also carry the sickness.
This means, if we eat or touch a sick bird – we can get sick too, so that’s why our people gotta be careful.
If we see a sick or dead bird of any kind. Don't touch it with bare hands. If the bird is near your home, and you need to pick it up use plastic gloves or a plastic bag and put it in the bin or bury it really deep in the ground.
Be careful because bird nests, bird feathers and even bird droppings can carry the germs.
We gotta wash our hands really well after touching birds, always! And make sure the kids do too.
Keep your kids and pets away from any sick or dead birds and tell your kids if they do find a sick or dead bird, never to touch it or play with it.

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