Newcastle disease,
Information received on 12/07/2017 from Dr Bernardo Fernando, , Direção Geral de Alimentação e Veterinária, Ministro da Agricultura, Florestas e Desenvolvimento Rural, LISBONNE, Portugal
Report type Immediate notification
Date of start of the event 07/07/2017
Date of confirmation of the event 07/07/2017
Report date 12/07/2017
Date submitted to OIE 12/07/2017
Date event resolved 14/08/2017
Reason for notification Recurrence of a listed disease
Date of previous occurrence 08/1997
Manifestation of disease Sub-clinical infection
Causal agent Newcastle disease virus
Nature of diagnosis Laboratory (basic)
This event pertains to a defined zone within the country
Related reports Immediate notification (12/07/2017)
Follow-up report No. 1 (01/08/2017)
Follow-up report No. 2 (16/08/2017)
New outbreaks (1)
Outbreak 1 (01/2017) MIRA, COIMBRA, Dsvr Do Centro
Date of start of the outbreak 07/07/2017
Outbreak status Resolved (14/08/2017)
Epidemiological unit Other
Affected animals
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 71 1 0 71 0
Affected population 71 racing pigeons. One positive case was detected during routine sampling in closed quarantine premises.
Summary of outbreaks Total outbreaks: 1
Total animals affected
Species Susceptible Cases Deaths Killed and disposed of Slaughtered
Birds 71 1 0 71 0
Outbreak statistics
Species Apparent morbidity rate Apparent mortality rate Apparent case fatality rate Proportion susceptible animals lost*
Birds 1.41% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
*Removed from the susceptible population through death, destruction and/or slaughter
Source of the outbreak(s) or origin of infection
  • Unknown or inconclusive
Epidemiological comments The positive case (one racing pigeon) was detected in routine sampling in closed quarantine premises. The positive animal was traced back to another racing pigeon holding which is under restriction. Laboratory investigation is ongoing. No commercial farms are present in the 3-km radius of both establishments.
Control measures
Measures applied
  • Screening
  • Traceability
  • Quarantine
  • Official destruction of animal products
  • Official disposal of carcasses, by-products and waste
  • Stamping out
  • Disinfection
  • Vaccination permitted (if a vaccine exists)
  • No treatment of affected animals
Measures to be applied
  • No other measures
Diagnostic test results
Laboratory name and type Species Test Test date Result
National Farming and Veterinary Investigation Institute (INIAV, I.P.) (National laboratory) Birds real-time reverse transcriptase/polymerase chain reaction (RRT-PCR) 07/07/2017 Positive
Future Reporting
The event is continuing. Weekly follow-up reports will be submitted.
Map of outbreak locations