Newcastle Disease in Sweden

by 5m Editor
3 November 2003, at 12:00am

SWEDEN - This is a report via OIE on the outbreak of Exotic Newcastle Disease in Sweden.

Newcastle Disease in Sweden - SWEDEN - This is a report via OIE on the outbreak of Exotic Newcastle Disease in Sweden.

(Date of previous outbreak of Newcastle disease in Sweden reported to the OIE: February 2001).

Emergency report

Information received on 24 October 2003 from Dr Leif Denneberg, Chief Veterinary Officer, Swedish Board of Agriculture, Jönköping:

Date of the report: 24 October 2003.

Nature of diagnosis: clinical and laboratory.

Date of confirmation of diagnosis: 23 October 2003.


Location No. of outbreaks
Dalarna County (in central Sweden) 1

Description of affected population: hobby flock.

Total number of animals in the outbreak:

species susceptible cases deaths destroyed slaughtered
avi 81* 25 25 56 0

* 40 pigeons, 30 turkeys, 10 laying hens, 1 cock


A. Laboratories where diagnosis was made:

- National Veterinary Institute(1), Uppsala;

- Veterinary Laboratories Agency - Weybridge, United Kingdom (OIE Reference Laboratory for Newcastle disease).

B. Diagnostic tests used: virus isolation.

C. Causal agent: pigeon paramyxovirus type 1 (PPMV-1). Intracerebral pathogenicity index: 1.25.

Source of agent / origin of infection: under investigation.

Control measures:

- Stamping out.

- Transport restrictions enforced in the area for live poultry, day-old chicks, hatching eggs, fresh poultry meat, table eggs, manure and litter.

- All holdings with poultry within a 3-km radius will be clinically inspected by official veterinarians.

(1) SVA: Statens Veterinärmedicinska Anstalt


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