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More Newcastle Disease in Belgium's Pigeons

by 5m Editor
19 February 2010, at 8:25a.m.

BELGIUM - There have been two new outbreaks of Newcastle disease in pigeons.

The Belgian veterinary authority sent Follow Up Report No. 6 dated 18 February to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report covers two outbreaks of Newcastle disease, both in pigeons and starting on 10 February.

The first was in Proven in West Flanders. The flock numbered 165 birds. Of these, 28 young pigeons – 11 purchased a few days before and 17 from the holding – were affected. Signs appeared few days after the introduction of the pigeons purchased on 24 January. Treatment was applied. One pigeon died and the other affected birds were culled and destroyed on 12 February. The other pigeons are isolated. The last vaccination was on 23 March 2009 and will be applied again.

The second outbreak was in Quevy-le-grand in Hainaut. Ten ornamental pigeons and 12 other ornamental birds separated from the pigeon house. Two pigeons found dead without previous signs, one on 5 February 2010, and another on 7 February 2010. No other animals were sick. The eight remaining pigeons were isolated on 7 February and euthanised on 15 February; the other birds are confined. There are no poultry holdings with more than 200 birds within the protection zone.

Further Reading

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