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Newcastle Disease Found in Wild Pigeons

by 5m Editor
14 October 2011, at 12:56am

AUSTRALIA - Newcastle disease has been found in dead wild pigeons in the Melbourne area.

The veterinary authority sent Follow Up Report No. 2 dated 13 October to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

According to the repot, the Victorian authorities confirmed the event strain of APMV-1 in dead feral pigeons in proximity to a number of infected properties.

The event remains limited to hobby pigeons and wild pigeons in the Melbourne area.

Transmission trials at the Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) showing that chickens can be experimentally infected and seroconvert but do not develop disease or spread infection to other chickens in proximity supports repeated field observations that chickens exposed at a high level to affected pigeons remain clinically healthy.

Further Reading

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