Nicaragua has reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease in backyard poultry farms.

The disease is thought to have first struck in late July when 40 chickens died in the community of El Jobo. A further 468 chickens were destroyed to stop the disease spreading. Production in the area is mainly backyard to supply local families.

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The source of the outbreak remains unknown, despite investigation. Movement controls have been introduced and the country’s animal health authorities have said that they will send weekly follow-up reports to the World Organisation for Animal Health