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June 3, 2014

Newcastle outbreaks in eastern Colombia

Outbreaks of highly pathogenic Newcastle disease have occurred on poultry farms in five municipalities of Girón, Floridablanca and Piedecuesta in the eastern Colombian department of Santander. As part of active surveillance measures, the Colombian Agricultural Institute (ICA) is visiting the 121 surrounding poultry farms, where no new outbreaks have been discovered. Alfonso Araújo Baute, technical director of epidemiological surveillance for the ICA, said they have identified 396 nearby properties with 7,702 backyard birds (native hens, ducks, turkeys and quail) and until the last week of May, 2,997 of these animals on 112 properties had been vaccinated against Newcastle, according to the newspaper Vanguardia Liberal. Read More

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