Newcastle disease

11 April 1997

Newcastle disease

BRITAINS 10th case this year of Newcastle disease, or fowl pest, has been confirmed in a turkey rearing unit in North Killingholme, Lincs.

All 65,000 turkeys on the infected farm have been slaughtered, adding to the 195,000 turkeys and 144,000 broilers already destroyed in the nine earlier outbreaks of the disease around the country.

MAFF has advised owners of all birds and poultry to vaccinate their flocks against Newcastle disease.

In Northern Ireland, 23 outbreaks of the disease have been confirmed this year with 1.1m birds slaughtered. But, with no new outbreaks in the past fortnight, and the introduction of compulsory vaccination, department of agriculture officials hope infection is now under control.

The compulsory vaccination programme, to cover the provinces entire 14.5m bird national flock should be completed by the end of the month. It follows a failed attempt earlier this year by the poultry industry to persuade all bird keepers to vaccinate their stock voluntarily.

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