October 25, 2013

 

Belarus bans Russian poultry products due to Newcastle outbreak

 

 

Following confirmation from Russian veterinary service Rosselkhoznadzor of an outbreak of Newcastle disease in the wild bird population, Belarus has banned poultry imports from the Nizhny Novgorod Oblast region of Russia.

 

Russian veterinary experts have admitted the Newcastle disease is becoming a problem and in the last two months, it has spread far beyond the region.

 

"According to our data, in August of this year, when the disease was first recorded it spread away from Nizhny Novgorod Oblast to Yaroslavl, Vladimir and Moscow Oblasts. A series of outbreaks of the disease were recorded in the wild," said a representative of Rosselkhoznadzor.

 

Poultry farms in the central part of the country have been told to strengthen biosecurity measures to decrease the risk of the introduction of the virus, as Rosselhoznadzor expects that in the near future, outbreaks will be detected among domestic poultry.

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