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Newcastle disease probe launched

by 5m Editor
12 October 2006, at 4:38pm

UK - Government vets have started an investigation into a possible case of Newcastle disease in East Lothian.

The Scottish Executive said there was no significant threat to public health from the affected poultry flock and no suspicion of an avian flu link.

A restriction order has been placed on the premises while laboratory tests are carried out.

If they prove positive, the flock will be culled and contacts with other farms will be investigated.

Restricted zones could also be set up around the property.

Under the latest outbreak response guidelines from the executive, this would involve declaring a 1.8 mile protection zone and a six-mile surveillance zone around the infected premises.

Source: BBC

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