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Newcastle Disease Hits Japanese Farm

by 5m Editor
5 July 2010, at 8:21am

JAPAN - A new outbreak of Newcastle disease has been reported at a small poultry farm.

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

The outbreak started on 28 June at a farm at Masaki-cho in Ehime Prefecture, which is in north-western Shikoku, the island to the south of Honshu. Of the 58 birds on the farm, 33 died and the remaining 25 were destroyed.

According to the report, the affected farm introduced 60-day-old chicks on 22 June 2010 when two dead chicks were found. Thirty-three chicks died between 28 June to 1 July. A local government's veterinary service confirmed that two dead chicks collected on 30 June were infected with Newcastle disease virus by PCR test and virus identification on 1 July. All susceptible animals in the farm were destroyed on 1 July. There is no farm within three kilometres of the affected farm. The local government's veterinary service made sure all susceptible animals kept in all the four farms within five kilometres of the affected farm showed no clinical sings and had been vaccinated. Another local government's veterinary service confirmed nothing unusual had happened in the hatchery where the cases originated.

The last outbreak of Newcastle disease in Japan was in April 2009.

Further Reading

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