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Newcastle Disease In Austria

by 5m Editor
14 November 2003, at 12:00am

AUSTRIA - A report (via OIE) on the Newcastle Disease in Austria.

Newcastle Disease In Austria - AUSTRIA - A report (via OIE) on the Newcastle Disease in Austria.

Emergency report

Information received on 7 November 2003 from Prof. Dr Peter Weber, Chief Veterinary Officer, Federal Ministry for Social Security and Generations, Vienna:

Date of the report: 7 November 2003.

Nature of diagnosis: clinical and laboratory.

Date of initial detection of animal health incident: 27 September 2003.

Estimated date of first infection: 20 September 2003.

Outbreaks:

Location No. of outbreaks
Sankt Pölten, province of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) 1
Waidhofen an der Thaya, province of Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) 1

Description of affected population:

- Outbreak in Sankt Pölten: hobby flock of 200 homing pigeons.

- Outbreak in Waidhofen an der Thaya: hobby flock of 38 pigeons.

Total number of animals in the outbreaks:

species susceptible cases deaths destroyed slaughtered
avi 238 #18 18 31 0

Diagnosis:

A. Laboratory where diagnosis was made: Austrian Agency for Health and Food Control(1), Mödling.

B. Diagnostic tests used: virus isolation; haemagglutination inhibition test.

C. Causal agent: pigeon paramyxovirus type 1 (PPMV-1).

- Outbreak in Sankt Pölten: intracerebral pathogenicity index=1.12.

- Outbreak in Waidhofen an der Thaya: intracerebral pathogenicity index=1.05.

Epidemiology:

A. Source of agent / origin of infection: contact with wild pigeons. The owner of the affected flock in Sankt Pölten reported that a young pigeon strayed into his flock on 20 September 2003 and died on 27 September.

B. Mode of spread: under investigation.

Control measures:

- Outbreak in Sankt Pölten: 60-day ban on the flock, cleaning and disinfection in accordance with BGBl II No. 1995/466(2).

- Outbreak of Waidhofen: ban, killing and destruction of the flock, cleaning and disinfection in accordance with BGBl II No. 1995/466.

(1) Österreichische Agentur für Gesundheit und Ernährungssicherheit

(2) BGBl.: Bundesgesetzblatt für die Republik Österreich

Source: Office International des Epizooties - 14th November 2003

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