Newcastle Disease found in Northern Ireland

22 August 1997

Newcastle Disease found in Northern Ireland

By FWi staff

AN OUTBREAK of Newcastle Disease has been confirmed in a small non-commercial game-bird rearing unit in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.

The Northern Ireland Department of Agriculture has isolated the infected area and established a 10km buffer zone around the region.

Movement restrictions have been imposed on poultry, hatching eggs and poultry products originating with the zone. In addition, no live poultry or poultry products from the infected area will be certified for export until further notice.

Clinical signs of Newcastle Disease, which can be fatal to poultry, include diarrhoea, drop in egg production, severe respiratory signs, nervous signs and depression. There are no human risks from the consumption of poultry or poultry products with the disease.

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