Confirmed: Newcastle disease outbreak in Albay

LEGAZPI CITY—The Albay Provincial Veterinary Service has urged poultry owners to vaccinate their animals against Newcastle disease.

This after an outbreak of the disease known locally as "rabya" was confirmed in Albay.
Newcastle disease, Provincial Veterinarian Florencio Adonay said, is caused by a virus that proliferates when birds are stressed by changing climate.

In Albay, this was likely triggered by the Typhoon Nona in December and the onslaught of El Nino.
To avert the spread of the fatal disease, poultry, including chickens, turkey, and geese, must be vaccinated against the virus, Adonay stressed.

It had been reported that around a million chickens in Luzon succumbed to the disease between October to December 2015.

Earlier, the Department of Agriculture announced that it is already providing free vaccinations against the virus.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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