OIE: Newcastle disease outbreak in Bulgaria resolved
Disease never spread beyond backyard poultry flock
Bulgaria appears to now be free of Newcastle disease, according to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).
Veterinary officials in Bulgaria had been monitoring the situation since October 24, when the disease had been detected in a backyard poultry flock in the city of Montana, in the northwestern portion of the country.. Newcastle disease was reported in
Dayman Nieve, chief veterinary officer, Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, reported the outbreak to the OIE on November 2. In the outbreak, 19 of the 28 birds in the flock had died as a result of contracting Newcastle disease, while the remaining nine birds were destroyed.
Control measures used included quarantine, movement control, zoning and surveillance outside of the protection zone.
According to the OIE, the affected property was disinfected. No further cases of Newcastle disease have since been detected.
In a follow-up report from OIE, the organization stated that the situation can be considered resolved and no further reports on the Newcastle disease situation in Bulgaria would be issued.
The affected Bulgarian farm was located near the Hungarian border. Veterinary officials in Hungary in April reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease, just days after it declared the country to be free of the disease.