The Italian veterinary authorities have reported an outbreak of Newcastle disease in Piemonte in the north of the country.
The outbreak involves pigeons kept in a backyard farm. Out of a total of 24 susceptible birds, eight cases were reported. While one death was recorded, the remaining seven affected birds were destroyed.
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 has not been discovered.