Newcastle Disease is a highly contagious viral infection of birds and is classed as a notifiable disease. There are several strains of Newcastle Disease and symptoms depend upon which body system is affected. It is a legal requirement to report suspected cases to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).
In the UK there are two notifiable diseases Avian Influenza (AI) and Newcastle Disease. These diseases have potential to severely impact on international trade, public health, animal welfare and wider society.
Newcastle Disease can be carried by waterfowl, such as ducks, geese, and other wild birds. During the bird migratory season the UK bird population is at higher risk and the public are advised to take greater precautions to limit contact between their poultry and wild waterfowl.