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Newcastle disease outbreak reported in Botswana

Veterinary authorities in Botswana on Monday reported a fresh outbreak of Newcastle disease in the central part of the country.The disease was first suspected after the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism discovered that wild doves and other unnamed birds showed symptoms corresponding to the disease before dying within a day or two.

The outbreak was confirmed on Monday by the director of the Veterinary Department in the ministry, Letlhogile Modisa.

“The public is informed that an investigation into deaths of doves that were reported in parts of central district has been completed. The disease is confirmed as Newcastle disease,” said Modisa.

He advised poultry farmers to vaccinate their birds and to avoid unnecessary contact with the dead birds.

“The public is urged to be vigilant and report any deaths to the nearest Veterinary Office,” he said.

Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism permanent secretary Jimmy Opelo last week reported that a significant number of dead dove carcasses had been spotted in the country’s central district.

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