A reported Newcastle disease outbreak that started in November 2014 in a flock of four-week-old broilers in Romania has been resolved, according to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
The Newcastle disease outbreak took place at a farm in Romania’s Ialomita County, and it was responsible for the deaths of 50,807 broilers. An additional 44,767 birds were listed as susceptible and have been destroyed as a control measure. Other control measures implemented by animal health officials included movement control inside the country, zoning and disinfection of the infected premises.
An epidemiological investigation was completed, but the results were not conclusive. OIE reported that due to some breaches in the biosecurity system at the location, the source of the Newcastle disease virus could have been wild sparrows that had access to the farm’s shelters by way of aeration holes.
The OIE reported that the disinfection procedures conducted at the poultry holding in Romania have now been completed. All restrictions have been lifted, and the poultry farm is now ready to be restocked.