Newcastle disease (ND) is a viral disease of domestic poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese), cage and aviary birds, and wild birds. ND usually presents as a respiratory disease, but depression, nervous manifestations, or diarrhoea may be the predominant clinical signs.
Australia is free of virulent ND.
ND is a notifiable disease in New South Wales (NSW). This means that there is a legal obligation to notify authorities if you know or suspect that birds have this disease. You can notify by phoning:
ND is managed under a national Newcastle Disease Management Plan (NDMP). The goal of the NDMP 2013-2016 is to minimise the risk of an Australian-origin ND outbreak through vaccination of commercial domestic chickens (flocks with > 1000 birds) according to the nationally agreed ND vaccination program – standard operating procedures.