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Italy Reports Outbreak of Newcastle Disease

by 5m Editor
11 June 2012, at 7:54am

ITALY - the Italian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease in Marche.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received Follow-up Report No. 1 on 8 June 2012. According to the report, the positivity regards pigeons kept in a backyard farm.

Out of 180 pigeons showing signs of susceptibility, 10 cases and deaths were reported. No birds were destroyed.

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

The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.

Further Reading

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