Infectious Diseases 2004

Infectious Diseases 2004

Russia: Newcatle Disease in pigeons (Suspected)

11 December, 2004

Veterinarians have controlled an outbreak of Newcastle disease [NCD] in wild birds in the Chudovskom area of the Novgorod region. This information was released by the regional veterinary directorate to Novosti's correspondent on 8 Dec 2004.
The 1st mortalities of wild birds in the city of Chudovo and in the suburban settlement Korpovo were recorded by veterinarians in October 2004.
City pigeons were the species predominantly affected. Laboratory analyses have established that the cause of death was NCD, a list A disease of avians livestock.
The veterinary authorities immediately applied preventive measures, including free-of-charge revaccination of domestic poultry in private and cooperative farms. Wild birds that could become disease carriers (vectors) have been shot or caught in the vicinity of poultry farms. "No new cases of NCD in wild birds have been yet observed, during December, in Chudovo or Korpovo", said the director of the Regional Veterinary Directorate. According to data from the directorate's management, similar outbreaks had not been recorded in the Novgorod region for at least 12 years.