Cyprus Mail

New vaccine to be used for poultry disease

STRONGER vaccines against the Newcastle Disease Virus (NDV), which has recently affected tens of thousands of poultry, have been approved by the veterinary services which said yesterday there were no newly-reported cases of the virus.

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

“There have not been any new cases of NDV and we are in constant contact with livestock farmers and their associations so if any new cases are reported we can deal with them immediately,” veterinary services head Giorgos Kyriakides said.

He said the outbreak had been restricted to the areas where the disease had first been reported which was the Mammari area.

“On Tuesday the new vaccines, which appear to be more resistant to the virus, are due to be used,” he said. Kyriakides added that the new vaccines are stronger and make poultry immune to the NDV for longer periods.

The farms which were closed will most likely re-open in September, Kyriakides said.

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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