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    Highly contagious Newcastle virus kills dozens of Pakistan’s birds

    NewsPoultry NewsWednesday 01 August 2012
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    The recent mass-death of wild peacocks has shocked wildlife experts. About 60 peacocks were found dead in the Thar desert in southern Pakistan.

    Local media reported that hundreds of exotic birds have perished.

    Newcastle disease is considered the deadliest of all viruses spread among birds and though it can be transferred to humans -  causing mild, short-term conjunctivitis or flu-like symptoms – experts say it is not the next “bird-flu.”

    According to the Daily Mail, “human cases are extremely rare and will most commonly be among groups in close direct contact with infected birds over a significant period of time, such as poultry processing workers, veterinarians or laboratory staff.”

    Source: Daily Mail

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