Brazilian poultry farms restricted after Newcastle disease outbreak

10-07-2006 | |

Following the discovery of Newcastle disease in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande Do Sul, officials from neighbouring Parana and Santa Catarina have said they are taking restrictive measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

The Santa Catarina Agriculture Secretariat published an order on Friday, saying all industrialised poultry products coming from Rio Grande do Sul can only travel through three specific roads.

The state also banned the trade of living birds and fresh bird meat from Rio Grande do Sul.

All the birds in the affected poultry farm have been culled, and quarantines have been established on all small poultry farms within 3 km of the outbreak site and on all commercial farms within 10 km of the site.

The Newcastle disease virus causes coughing, sneezing, diarrhoea and nerve problems in birds, but does not infect human beings. The last Newcastle disease case in Brazil occurred in the state of Goias in 2001.

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