Newcastle disease, Island of Comoros, January 2001
The Ministry of Production and Environment, Moroni, Comoros, reported to the OIE on January 10, 2001 an outbreak of velogenic Newcastle disease involving 800 birds on the Grande Comore Island. Comoros is located off the east-central coast of Africa, between Mozambique and Madagascar. Although Newcastle disease on Comoros has been suspected for some time, this diagnosis is the first laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of Newcastle disease on the island. A Newcastle disease eradication program has been organized.
Poultry production on Comoros is relatively negligible (n = 444,000 birds during years 1999 and 2000). There were no imports of live poultry, poultry products, nor any other live animals and animal products into the U.S. from Comoros during 1998, 1999, and 2000 (as of October 2000), with the exception of small quantities of fish products.
CEI does not plan to prepare a complete impact worksheet about this outbreak of Newcastle disease in Comoros. You may contact Reginald Johnson at 970-490-7896 or Ken Geter at 970-490-7817, if you have questions.