Newcastle Disease (ND) is a highly infectious disease affecting poultry and other birds. Disease is caused by infection with virulent strains of Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV).

Controlling Newcastle Disease

Control is targeted at strains with a high pathogenicity (ability to cause severe disease).

Controls would apply to domestic fowl, turkeys, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, quails, pigeons, ratites (e.g. ostriches), pheasants and partridges reared or kept in captivity for breeding, the production of meat or eggs for consumption or eggs for restocking supplies of game.

Newcastle Disease could be introduced to domestic poultry by contact with infective wild pigeons and other wild birds or indirectly through contamination of feed or objects.

Good Biosecurity reduces the risk of onward spread.

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