No new threat from ND

The Poultry Bulletin - - CONTENTS -

Sev­eral re­ports have emerged of New­cas­tle Dis­ease (ND) ap­pear­ing as a new threat to the poul­try in­dus­try. The re­ports al­lege that ND poses an even big­ger threat to the poul­try in­dus­try and other birds.

ND is a poul­try dis­ease that af­fects poul­try. Chicken

pro­duc­ers glob­ally vac­ci­nate their chick­ens against the dis­ease to pre­vent in­fec­tions. Sim­i­larly, ND is ef­fec­tively con­trolled in South Africa through vaccination and there­fore poses no new threat to the in­dus­try.

Dr Char­lotte Nkuna of SAPA says it is im­por­tant to em­pha­sise that there is no dan­ger of con­sumers getting in­fected with ND from eat­ing poul­try prod­ucts.

“We again wish to re­it­er­ate that there have been no re­ported hu­man in­fec­tions of the cur­rent H5N8 bird flu any­where in the world as con­firmed by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion and the In­ter­na­tional Or­gan­i­sa­tion for An­i­mal Health,” she says.¡

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