Infectious Diseases 2009

Infectious Diseases 2009

Newcastle disease breaks out in Belgium

8 April, 2009

The Belgian veterinary authorities have sent an immediate notification to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) regarding a new outbreak of Newcastle disease.
The immediate notification, dated 6 Apr [2009], covers 2 outbreaks of Newcastle disease (paramyxovirus type 1) in pigeons. Both cases started on 11 Mar 2009. One case was in Bevel in the province of Antwerp and the other was in Nieuwerkerken in East Flanders.
The last occurrence of the virus in Belgium was in June 2008.