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Two Outbreaks of Fowl Typhoid Reported to OIE

20 November 2012

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - There have been two outbreaks of fowl typhoid in the region, one in layers and one in broilers, both in the same town in Country Fermanagh.

The veterinary authority sent an Immediate Notification dated 19 November to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). It reports two outbreaks of fowl typhoid at geographically closely related units.

The first outbreak started on 29 August 2012 at Donagh Cross. Of the 372,000 commercial layers on the farm, 34,000 died, 90,000 were destroyed and 124,000 were slaughtered.

The second outbreak was in the same area. It started on 10 October in a broiler flock of 26,000 birds, 4,000 of which died. The rest of the flock was destroyed. The outbreak was reported as 'resolved' on 8 November.

The report to the OIE adds that the second outbreak was within one kilometre of the first outbreak. Geographical coordinates of the affected establishments were anonymised by placing the coordinates on a public place. In this case, a local crossroads was chosen as geographical location of the actual holding.

Fowl typhoid is caused by Salmonella gallinarum.

The last outbreak in the area was in 1968.

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