Indepth insight on Newcastle disease

A poultry expert feeds chicken at a poultry resource centre in Gilgil. Biosecurity measures like disinfecting cars entering and leaving your farm, foot dips at the entrance into the poultry house and clean clothing for employees goes a long way in preventing transmission of diseases such as Newcastle. FILE PHOTO | NMG

What you need to know:

  • The most affected are the domestic fowls, turkeys, pigeons and parrots. The rest of the birds have milder symptoms of the disease.
  • Once infected, the birds will take 5-6 days then start showing signs of disease.
  • The disease has no cure but can be prevented.
  • Biosecurity measures like disinfecting cars entering and leaving your farm, foot dips at the entrance into the poultry house and clean clothing (dustcoats and gumboots) for employees goes a long way in preventing transmission of diseases.

Often referred to as Avian Distemper, Newcastle disease is one of the most serious poultry diseases. It is a highly contagious viral disease affecting both domesticated and wild birds.

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