A new case of Newcastle disease discovered in birds kept for hobby purposes


<div>A new case of Newcastle disease in pigeons has been discovered in Nurmo. The pigeons at the facility had been in contact with pigeons that had earlier been found to be carriers of the disease. Newcastle disease does not transmit to humans.</div>

The investigation into the possible spread of the disease to other cotes, bird holding facilities or poultry production farms is continuing. So far, the disease has not been found on poultry production farms. The transfer of birds to other properties is prohibited in all of the cases under investigation.

The symptoms of Newcastle disease vary. Often depression, loss of appetite, diarrhoea, swelling of the head and wattle, increased drinking, huddling and symptoms of the respiratory tract and the central nervous system are noticed. In more serious cases, the mortality rate can suddenly increase to 80–90 per cent without previous symptoms, especially in young birds.

If you suspect that your birds might have Newcastle disease, the matter must be reported immediately to the local municipal veterinarian.

Evira recommends to avoid taking birds kept for hobby purposes to shows and other gatherings while the investigations are ongoing.

Newcastle disease is a bird disease caused by paramyxovirus type 1. All species of bird can be infected. The sensitivity of different species to the disease varies.

For additional information, please contact:

Senior Officer Sirpa Kiviruusu, Animal Disease Control, Evira, tel. +358 400 920 503
Head of Unit Christine Ek-Kommonen, Animal Virology, Evira, tel. +358 50 514 3926

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