More than 14 million poultry are expected to be vaccinated this year in Mozambique as a preventive measure against Newcastle disease, an epidemic that affects domestic and wild birds, according to the report of the country’s largest newspaper Noticias on Thursday.

As cited in the Noticias article, Florencia Massango, the head of the epidemiology department in the National Veterinary Directorate said cases of Newcastle have been recorded in domestic poultry.

Newcastle is one of the main factors that compromise the production of chicken in the family breeding sector and the mortality rates can reach between 90 and 100 percent.

“What we have been asking producers to do is to report abnormal bird mortality to allow for sampling, assessment and confirmation of the disease,” said Massango.

Massango added that Newcastle disease could be mixed up with other epidemics such as avian influenza – which can cause death to humans.

The outbreaks of the disease, if occured, can aggravate the condition of food insecurity in rural communities, especially in the dry season, said the report. Enditem


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