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Rev Sci Tech. 1997 Apr;16(1):79-82.

[Risk for the transmission of Newcastle disease by contaminated poultry products].

[Article in French]

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  • 1Centre National d'Etudes Vétérinaires et Alimentaires, Ploufragan, France.


Poultry products contaminated with pathogenic strains of Newcastle disease virus are a source of virus transmission to susceptible poultry flocks. The probability of contamination varies according to the type of product. Research conducted by various laboratories in Europe has shown that pathogenic virus can be isolated from the carcasses of chickens, whether vaccinated or not, during a brief period after experimental infection. Eggs laid by hens infected with Newcastle disease virus present a very low risk. Furthermore, feathers, bones, blood and offal present potential risks if they are incorporated in poultry feed. Finally, poultry droppings used as a fertiliser can present a major risk of infection in certain circumstances.

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