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Italy Reports Newcastle Disease in Pigeons

by 5m Editor
4 December 2009, at 8:49am

ITALY - An outbreak of Newcastle disease in a small flock of pigeons in Tuscany.

The Italian veterinary authority has sent an Immediate Notification dated 3 December to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

A flock of 16 racing pigeons near Siena in the region of Tuscany was affected. Eleven of the birds died.

The report adds that, in accordance with the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code, chapter 10.13, the outbreak does not change the Newcastle disease-free status of Italy because the birds involved do not fall within the definition of poultry.

The last case of Newcastle disease in the country was in June 2008.

Further Reading

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