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News 1515 views update:Mar 9, 2016

Newcastle disease thwarts Libyan poultry flocks

An outbreak of Newcastle Disease has been reported in Eastern Libya, resulting in the death of over 50,000 birds.

Poultry producers have appealed for an immediate intervention from the Ministry to halt the spread of illness. The extermination of the birds has caused great economic loss and severely harmed the local market in the Tobruk area.

As officials struggle to control the outbreak of Newcastle Disease, there have been reports of carcasses of infected birds being dumped by the roadside. The government is now stepping up measures to prevent the spread of the disease.

"We are printing flyers, leaflets and posters to raise awareness of the disease among both farmers and consumers," a spokesperson from the Ministry of  Agriculture, Kamel Issa, told the Libya Herald.

The Ministry has closed a number of affected premises, some of which may remain shut for several months. Yesterday, farms in the Zahra area near Tripoli were cleansed and sterilised.

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