The Italian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease in Tuscany.
The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) received an immediate notification yesterday, 5 March. The affected population comprises pigeons kept in a backyard farm.
Out of 101 susceptible birds, 18 cases were reported. Eight deaths were recorded, and the remaining 93 were destroyed.
According to the OIE's Animal Health Department, according to Chapter 10.9 of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (2011), the notification of this outbreak does not change the Newcastle disease free status of Italy and should not affect trade of poultry and their products since the birds involved in this outbreak do not fall within the OIE definition of poultry.
The source of the outbreak remains inconclusive.
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