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Israel Reports Five Newcastle Disease Outbreaks

by 5m Editor
24 November 2011, at 12:25am

ISRAEL - The Israeli veterinary authorities have reported five new outbreaks of Newcastle disease in Hazafon, Hamerkaz and also in the Jehuda and Samaria region.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 3 on Monday, 21 November. The affected population ranges from three to six week old broilers.

In the case of 4-week-old broilers, the disease was diagnosed in two adjacent farms. The birds in the first farm were culled (38,000) and the birds in the second farm were culled on yesterday, 23 November. Regarding 6-week-old broilers, the OIE reports that they will be culled shortly. In the case of 5-week-old broilers divided in two pens, only one pen was affected. The two pens will be culled by today, 24 November. In Jehuda and Samaria, 6-week-old broilers were also affected. The birds will be culled shortly. According to the OIE, it should be noted that this outbreak is located into Israeli Settlements in the West Bank.

All in all, a total of five outbreaks have been identified, out of which 556000 broilers have shown signs of susceptibility and 176000 cases were reported. While a total of 31100 deaths were recorded, 56900 birds were destroyed.

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive and the the epidemiological investigation is ongoing.

Further Reading

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