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Sweden Reports Newcastle Disease Outbreak

by 5m Editor
7 February 2011, at 12:25am

SWEDEN - There has been an outbreak of Newcastle disease on a farm in Gotland County.

The authorities sent an Immediate Notification dated 4 February to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

The report describes an outbreak of Newcastle disease at Roma kloster in Vänge in Gotland County (Gotlands län), which is located in the Baltic sea to the east of Öland.

The outbreak started on 30 January 2011, with 30 birds of a flock of 20,000 dying. The rest of the flock has been destroyed.

According to the report, the establishment had 20,000 laying hens including about 5,000 free-range laying hens. All of them have been kept indoors since the beginning of November. There is a history of egg drop during the last week. A protection zone (3km) and a surveillance zone (10km) have been in place around the farm since 3 February 2011.

The last outbreak of Newcastle disease in Sweden was in December 2009.