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No Further Outbreaks of Newcastle Disease in Papua New Guinea

03 January 2014

PAPUA NEW GUINEA - The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reports that no further outbreaks of Newcastle disease have been detected in the country.

According to follow-up report no. 2 sent to the OIE by the country's competent authorities on Thursday, 2 January 2014, the causal agent was identified as the Newcastle disease virus. 

The report states that the outbreak was confined to a single village in the Vanimo Green District of the Sandaun (West Sepik) Province and does not cover the whole country.

Introduction of new live animals, illegal movement of animals, fomites (humans, vehicles, feed, etc.) have been reported as the main cause of the outrbreaks. 

The outbreak was also thought to be introduced through fresh/frozen chicken meat/eggs from Papua Province of Indonesia.

Although no new outbreaks have been reported, the OIE, in conjunction with the country's veterinary authorities, have applied several measures to control the situation. These measures include stamping out, quarantine, movement control inside the country, screening, zoning and disinfection of infected premises/establishment(s).

Vaccination of birds was not applied, and affected animals did not receive treatment.

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