Newcastle Disease Outbreak at Kibbutz Zoo

ISRAEL - An outbreak of Newcastle disease at a small zoo has killed 10 birds.
calendar icon 13 August 2010
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The veterinary authority send an Immediate Notification dated 12 August to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The outbreak occurred at Hazorea in Hazafon, in the north of the country, starting on 6 August. Eleven birds of the mixed flock were affected and 10 died; the remaining birds were destroyed.

According to the report, the outbreak occurred in a mini zoo in a kibbutz. All the birds were kept in cages. 10 guinea fowl were found dead over three days and one sick pheasant was sent to the laboratory and tested positive by PCR. The susceptible species and numbers of the birds were as follow: 39 guinea fowl (Numida meleagris) 21 turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) 50 ornamental chickens (Gallus gallus) 14 Muscovy ducks (Cairina moschata) 43 pigeons (Columbineae) nine Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) 72 common pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) 12 common quails (Coturnix coturnix) and five mallard ducks (Anas platyrhynchos).

This outbreak is described as resolved.

The last outbreak of Newcastle disease in Israel was in February this year.

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