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First Newcastle Disease Outbreak in Honduras

by 5m Editor
6 November 2009, at 7:13am

HONDURAS - The veterinary authorities have sent an Immediate Notification to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) about a new case of Newcastle disease in a layer flock.

The Honduran veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 2 November to OIE.

The report describes a new outbreak of Newcastle disease. It started on 23 October in a layer flock in Cucuyagua in Copan state in the far west of the country. The farm has 11,000 layer hens in two groups: one of 6,000 birds at 52 weeks of age and at the production phase and the other of 5,000 birds, which were 23 weeks old and described as 'at the end of the breeding stage'. In all, 10,200 birds were affected, 6,500 died and the rest of the flock was destroyed.

Around 15,000 birds in backyard poultry flocks in the surrounding area have now been vaccinated.

The last outbreak of Newcastle disease in Honduras was in July 2007.

Further Reading

- Find out more information on Newcastle disease by clicking here.