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Hundreds of thousands of birds killed due to Newcastle Disease and Bird Flu in Dominican Republic #birds #NewcastleDisease #BirdFlu #Dominican

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The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has registered four cases of “Newcastle” disease and another 12 cases of H5N2 Avian Influenza, of low pathogenicity, as notified by the Dominican authorities in two separate reports to the international organization and in which explains the measures that are being implemented to attack the problem that has affected more than 180,400 broilers and fighting birds (fighting roosters) only for the virus known in the country as “distemper.”

Due to the mildly pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N2, the General Directorate of Livestock (Digega), of the Ministry of Agriculture, registered in the OIE 12 cases, which were reported in December 2019, in which summary it indicates the death of 13,848 laying hens, chicks and broilers for this virus.

The report by Dr. Nimia Lissette Gómez Rodríguez, director of Animal Health, Digega, explains that the Newcastle virus that has been affecting poultry farming in the Dominican Republic is being controlled with several measures that include quarantine, surveillance, destruction at the source, vaccination, disinfection, among others, which also apply in the case of influenza infection.

Both the Newcastle virus and the mildly pathogenic influenza virus, present in several areas of the country, offer no danger to humans.

In the four outbreaks, notified as resolved by the country before the OIE, are found in Peravia, Paya, Baní, where 13,191 birds susceptible to the disease were registered, of which 6,809 were notified dead and 6,382 as already eliminated.

The second focus was identified and resolved in San Cristóbal, with 17,000 susceptible birds, of which 10,936 are recorded dead and 6,064 slaughtered.

The third occurred in Santiago, Villa González, affecting fighting birds and where they were all killed. The fourth and last focus occurred in Peravia, Cañafistol, with 149,966 susceptible cases, of which 45,455 were killed and the remaining 104,511 were killed.

The cases that affected a total of 180,407 birds, mostly broilers, involved measures of bird slaughter and outbreak vaccination. According to the report, 180,407 birds were affected by Newcastle, of which 169,177 cases were detected, of which 63,350 have been killed, 110,893 have been killed and eliminated and 6,064 have been slaughtered.

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