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Newcastle Disease Returns to Peru

by 5m Editor
4 December 2009, at 9:48am

PERU - Another outbreak of Newcastle disease has occurred in Peru.

The Peruvian veterinary authority has sent an Immediate Notification dated 2 December to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

It describes a single case of the disease, which broke out in a flock of 32 village poultry on 30 October. The flock was in Caraz in the state of Ancash in the west of the country. The whole flock showed symptoms.

According to the report, it involved fighting cocks in an urban area. The clinical signs were first observed on 30 October, with neurological symptoms.

On 2 November, it was reported to the official local services and the necessary sanitary actions to minimise the risks, including quarantine, were taken. Surrounding properties within the outbreak area were inspected and a total of 110 backyard birds and 400 fighting birds were found, without clinical signs of the disease.

A vaccination campaign is being conducted in the outbreak area, around the outbreak and in the buffer zone; 642 birds have been vaccinated to date and it is planned to vaccinate 500 others birds.

There are no commercial farms within in the outbreak and protection areas.

The last case of Newcastle disease in the country was in June 2009.

Further Reading

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