Newcastle disease strikes 3 more times in Poland

More than 75,000 birds in the country have been susceptible since the disease resurfaced earlier this summer.

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Newcastle disease has been detected at three more premises in Poland, bringing the country’s total number of cases to four.

According to a report from the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH), the presence of the virus was detected on farms in Bojaray and Topilec, as well as a backyard operation in Bohdan.

All three cases follow an earlier case of Newcastle disease in Topilec, which was reported earlier this month. That particular case was the first instance of Newcastle disease to be confirmed in Poland since 1971.

In the most recent case in Topilec, 3,210 birds were susceptible, and of those 160 had died. In the Bojaray case, there were 28,500 susceptible birds, of which, 800 had died. In the backyard case, there were 81 birds affected, nine of which had died.

The remaining birds in each of the three flocks were depopulated, according to the WOAH report. In addition to depopulation and disposal of carcasses, byproducts and waste, other control measures implemented include disinfection, zoning, movement control, traceability and surveillance within the restricted zone.

WOAH did not specify what type of birds were in any of the affected flocks.

With the three additional Newcastle disease cases, the total number of birds in Poland to be affected since the disease resurfaced is 75,201.

In addition to dealing with Newcastle disease, Polish animal health officials have also been dealing with active outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and African swine fever (ASF).

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