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Stronger vaccines sought to fight chicken disease

THE use of stronger vaccinations against the Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV), which has recently affected tens of thousands of poultry, will be discussed by the veterinary services and the companies who supply the vaccines during the next few days.

The vaccines are not registered in Cyprus but for urgent cases such as this they can be approved for use by the veterinary services.

“Because of the urgency of the situation we will consider the applications of the companies who want to bring in these vaccines and consider approving them by tomorrow or early next week,” veterinary services director George Kyriakides said yesterday.

The registration of vaccines normally takes around two to three years.

Two of the applications to bring in these vaccines are from Europe and one is from a country outside the EU.

“The two vaccines are already registered for use within the EU so it would be easier for us to register these but it would take much more time and effort to register the third one,” Kyriakides said.

The veterinary services have already discussed the matter with poultry farmers.

The present vaccines used seem not to be strong enough to create antibodies against the virus.

“The virus is one of the strongest that affect poultry so our only weapon against it now is to use stronger vaccines,” Kyriakides added.

Tens of thousands of birds have been destroyed at chicken farms mainly in the area west of Nicosia since the disease first broke last month.

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