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Domestic poultry hamper fight against virus

THE OUTBREAK of Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV) which has affected poultry has yet to be contained it was revealed yesterday.

Authorities destroyed tens of thousands of chickens at three units located in Kokkinotrimithia last week.

There was increased concern from Veterinary Services when chickens affected by the virus were found dead at coops in homes in the area over the weekend.

“We are currently examining and overseeing places island-wide where poultry is kept because we know that this virus will not disappear any time soon,” vet services director Giorgos Kyriakides said yesterday.

He added that in other countries that were affected by the NDV it took more than a year to eradicate.

“We don’t think it will take that long but that is the reason we are on alert, but more so in the Kokkinotrimithia region,” he added.

Kyriakides said the biggest problem is chicken coops in homes as the units at poultry farms have been checked and dealt with already.

He called on anyone who keeps poultry at home and notices the animals showing any symptoms of the disease to communicate with vet services immediately. Symptoms include respiratory and nerve problems or even green diarrhea.

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