A laying hen farm in Ticino is affected by Newcastle disease. All animals will have to be killed, but consumers are in no danger. This highly contagious viral disease has not appeared in Switzerland since 2011.
This diagnosis confirms that, despite the surveillance measures, an epizootic can reappear after several years, said Saturday Federal Office of Food Safety and Veterinary Affairs (OSAV). It can reach many species of birds.
Transmission takes place aerogenically or by direct contact. It can also be transmitted indirectly through people, poultry products or egg cartons.
The canton of Ticino is taking all necessary measures to prevent the spread of the epidemic. In addition to the killing of all poultry on the affected farm, a protection and surveillance zone around this farm is demarcated.
No danger to humans
Consumption of eggs and meat is safe for humans. In rare cases, people who are in direct and close contact with sick animals can develop conjunctivitis, specifies the FSVO.