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Newcastle Disease: UK Given All Clear

25 August 2005, at 12:00am

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OIE - 25th August 2005
OIE Gives UK All Clear
Surveillance for Newcastle disease has been completed with negative results and area restrictions were removed from 25 August 2005.
This was a single introduction of disease from a source outside the United Kingdom. Control measures put in place were fully effective, limiting the incident to a single outbreak. There were no secondary cases.
Barbados Advocate - 16th August 2005
Barbados lifts ban on importation of UK poultry
BARBADOS - Barbados has lifted the temporary ban on commercial imports of poultry; hatching eggs; and fresh, frozen and chilled poultry products from the United Kingdom with immediate effect. This disclosure has come from Senior Veterinary Officer, Dr. Mark Trotman, who still stressed that a ban on all personal imports of live birds, feathers and all foods containing poultry products remains in effect until the entire country can be declared free from Newcastle disease.
OIE - 15th August 2005
Newcastle disease in Great Britain
GREAT BRITAIN - This is a followup report (No 2) from OIE on the outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Great Britain. The origin of the Newcastle disease outbreak reported in pheasants in West Horsley was a legal movement of animals. A surveillance zone with movement controls remains in place. From the active surveillance in the restricted area, including laboratory sampling to date, it appears that this was a single isolated outbreak that has been effectively contained. Active surveillance continues.
State Veterinary Services - 12th August 2005
Suspected Newcastle Disease Outbreak In Surrey
SURREY, UK - The State Veterinary Services has announced that there is another suspected Newcastle Disease outbreak, this time at Chiddingfold, Surrey. Again, it is in pheasants and confirmation of the test results will be released in about a week. In the meantime movement restrictions have been placed on the two release pens (approx 600 birds) and the SVS are in discussion with Trading Standards regarding implementing restrictions on neighbouring footpaths.
stackyard.com - 28th July 2005
Newcastle Disease - Cull of Pheasants Completed
UK - The cull of pheasants at a farm in Surrey to stop the spread of Newcastle Disease has been completed. The affected premises are now being cleansed and disinfected. Defra has continued to urge poultry keepers all over the country to stay vigilant following the outbreak at the farm and to alert authorities if their birds show suspicious symptoms. However, there have been no other confirmed outbreaks of the disease anywhere in the country. There has been no evidence of the disease spreading from the original infected area or that infected birds have been imported elsewhere in the UK.
Interfax - 27th July 2005
Russia bans poultry imports from Philippines and Britain's Surrey
MOSCOW - Russia has banned poultry imports from the Philippines and Britain's Surrey County, the Agriculture Ministry's press service said. The ban on poultry imports from the Philippines was introduced on July 27 due to a registered outbreak of bird flu in that country. The ban specifically applies to live birds, incubated eggs, poultry and all forms of poultry products, feed and feed additives for birds. The ban on poultry imports from Surrey County was introduced on July 22 after an outbreak of Newcastle disease was discovered there.
Defra - 26th July 2005
Newcastle Disease - 11 days on
UK - The cull of pheasants at a farm in Surrey to stop the spread of Newcastle Disease has been completed. The affected premises are now being cleansed and disinfected. Defra has continued to urge poultry keepers all over the country to stay vigilant following the outbreak at the farm and to alert authorities if their birds show suspicious symptoms. However, there have been no other confirmed outbreaks of the disease anywhere in the country.
FWi - 26th July 2005
Newcastle disease in pheasants fully contained says Defra
UK - Defra has completed the cull of 10,240 pheasants infected with Newcastle disease on a farm in Surrey, according to Debbie Reynolds the chief veterinary officer. The birds, which were imported from a game farm in France, were in a release pen when the game keeper became concerned at the health of several birds and submitted samples to a laboratory for diagnosis.
OIE - 26th July 2005
Newcastle disease in France
FRANCE - 20 pheasants showed positive serological results for Newcastle disease associated with subtle clinical signs. Virological tests are being carried out; the results will be available by 21 July 2005 at the earliest. The affected farm is located on two different sites. No birds have left the affected farm since 1 June 2005, with the exception of one shipment to England on 22 June. The affected farm is epidemiologically linked to the farm in Surrey, United Kingdom, which was declared infected with Newcastle disease on 15 July 2005.
OIE - 26th July 2005
Newcastle disease in Great Britain
GREAT BRITAIN - This is the latest report from OIE on the outbreak of Newcastle Disease in Great Britain.
icSurrey - 22nd July 2005
Infected area zone declared after bird disease outbreak
UK - An infected area designation, incorporating most of Mole Valley, Surrey, has been imposed around a farm where more than 2,500 birds have been infected with a highly-contagious disease. Last Friday, the Government's chief veterinary officer, Debbie Reynolds, confirmed an outbreak of Newcastle Disease on a pheasant premises just outside the district's borders.
Defra - 22nd July 2005
Statement on Newcastle Disease by Ben Bradshaw, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
UK - On 11 July 2005, suspicions were raised about the possibility of Newcastle Disease being present in pheasants on an estate in Surrey. We acted immediately on suspicion of disease following the control measures set out in Defra’s Exotic Animal Disease Generic Contingency Plan. The suspect premises were immediately placed under restriction while the State Veterinary Service started their investigation.
State Veterinary Services - 21st July 2005
Suspected Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Kent
KENT, UK - The State Veterinary Service at Reigate say that they are investigating a suspected outbreak of Newcastle Disease near Hawkhurst in Kent. The unconfirmed outbreak is again in pheasants. The test result will take time to be produced which wil be posted here as soon as the result is known.
OIE - 21st July 2005
Newcastle disease highly suspected in France
FRANCE - An outbreak of Newcastle disease is highly suspected in a farm at St-Mars-de-Coutais, Loire-Atlantique department, Pays-de-la-Loire region (in the western part of the country). The farm contains approximately 35,000 partridges and 20,000 pheasants. On 19 July 2005, 20 pheasants showed positive serological results for Newcastle disease, associated with mild clinical signs. Virological tests are being carried out; their results should be available by 21 July 2005 at the earliest.
BBC News - 21st July 2005
Tories urge live bird import ban
UK - Ministers are being urged to ban imports of live birds from the EU after the source of an avian disease outbreak was traced back to France. The Newcastle Disease outbreak at a pheasant farm in Surrey, where 9,000 birds are being culled, was traced back to a French farm where they were bred. Shadow agriculture minister Jim Paice said imports should be suspended until bio-security measures could be assured. The government said it had no intention of introducing a wholesale ban.
Defra - 21st July 2005
Newcastle Disease - Further Progress
UK - Newcastle Disease was confirmed in pheasants on an estate in Surrey on Friday 15th July. The Government is continuing to take balanced precautionary action to control the disease. The Chief Veterinary Officer, Debby Reynolds has reported that by yesterday evening over 5,000 pheasants had been culled humanely.
FWi - 20th July 2005
Pheasants with Newcastle disease came from France
UK - The Poultry industry has raised concerns over the time Defra vets are taking to cull 9000 imported pheasants on a farm in Surrey, following the discovery of the highly contagious Newcastle Disease. Working with Defra, French authorities have traced the infection to a large game bird farm in the Loire Atlantique area and the French have imposed a voluntary ban on all pheasant exports to the UK.
Defra - 20th July 2005
Joint epidemiological investigation linking Newcastle Disease in England and France
UK - On 15 July 2005 the UK confirmed an outbreak of Newcastle Disease (ND) in pheasants on a premises in Surrey. Initial investigations identified two possible sources of the infection. The birds had been imported from France and so it was possible that they had first become infected there.
Defra - 20th July 2005
Action on Newcastle Disease - update
Action was taken on the Government's animal disease contingency plan today in response to an outbreak of Newcastle Disease in pheasants at a farm in Surrey. The second possibility was that the pheasants had been infected once they had arrived in England from contact with wild birds. It is known that wild birds can carry the virus responsible for ND.
Reuters - 19th July 2005
UK Officials Cull 2,700 Birds after Newcastle Disease Outbreak
UK - Officials said on Tuesday it has culled nearly a third of 9,000 pheasants earmarked for slaughter following an outbreak of a bird virus suspected of being imported from France. Chief veterinary officer Debby Reynolds told reporters that around 2,700 pheasants, which were being reared for shooting, have now been slaughtered and incinerated.
Food Production Daily - 19th July 2005
UK poultry scare "contained" EU says
UK - Supplies of live poultry, poultry meat and eggs from the UK will continue to flow to EU countries while the UK battles with a disease that can wipe out entire flocks. A spokesperson for the European Commission said the UK seems to have contained Newcastle's disease, which was discovered last week in a lot of 9,000 pheasants in Surrey.
Scotland on Sunday - 17th July 2005
Cull begins on infected pheasants
UK - The cull of a flock of 9,000 pheasants was under way yesterday after confirmation of a highly infectious bird disease.
Sky News - 16th July 2005
Newcastle Disease in UK leads to Pheasant cull
UK - Exports of British poultry have been halted outside the European Union after the discovery of a highly-infectious disease in a flock of pheasants.
The flock of 9,000 birds, kept at a farm in Surrey, is being culled, according to the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).
Exports including live birds, meat and eggs have been suspended to countries outside the EU until further notice.
DEFRA - 16th July 2005
Newcastle disease confirmed in pheasants
UK - An outbreak of Newcastle disease, a notifiable disease affecting poultry, has been confirmed in a number of pheasants intended for shooting in Surrey.
The Health Protection Agency has confirmed that Newcastle Disease does not pose a significant threat to human health.
All the pheasants, which were being bred for shooting, are to be culled as part of a system of strict control measures aimed at swiftly containing any outbreak required under EU law.
Reuters - 15th July 2005
Bird virus detected on pheasant farm
LONDON - Newcastle disease, a deadly virus that affects birds, has been detected in thousands of pheasants bred for shooting on a farm in southern England, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.