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Thailand updates OIE on poultry diseases

Agriculture officials in Thailand are to update the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) on the state of Newcastle Disease in the country.

The Thai poultry industry was certified free of the disease this year by the OIE, however recent news reports of diseases with similar symptoms to ND have caused concern, an official in the Livestock and Development Department said.

"Our inspection found some chickens suffered from bronchitis, but that might not be because of Newcastle Disease," he said.

The disease is now contained, but farmers are urged to vaccinate chicks at 1-7 days, 21 days and every three months. A continuity vaccination at about two years is an option, and the OIE could clear the country of the diseases if there was no detection for five years.

Avian influenza crippled the poultry industry in Thailand in 2004, but no cases have been detected for two years.

Source: Bangkok Post

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