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Three Newcastle Disease Outbreaks in Victoria

by 5m Editor
6 December 2011, at 5:44am

AUSTRALIA - Australia's veterinary authorities have reported three outbreaks of Newcastle disease in Victoria.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received follow-up report no. 3 on Friday, 2 December. The causal agent has been identified as Avian paramyxovirus type 1. The affected populations consist of hobby pigeons and feral pigeons.

According to OIE, the source of the outbreaks remain inconclusive.

Occasional cases of APMV-1 in hobby and feral pigeons in Victoria continue to be reported.

The event remains limited to hobby pigeons and wild pigeons in Victoria.

Important note by the OIE Animal Health Information Department: According to Chapter 10.9 of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2011), the notification of this event does not change the Newcastle disease free status of Australia and should not affect trade of poultry and their products since the birds involved in this event do not fall within the OIE definition of poultry.

Further Reading

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