Sunday, May 19, 2013

Solomon Islands: Warning over bird disease

THE quarantine division within the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) is on alert in the wake of a bird disease outbreak in neighbouring Papua New Guinea.

Called Newcastle disease, it was found and declared in Sandaun province, West Sepik, in the Papua New Guinea-Indonesian border. Newcastle Disease (ND) is said to be a highly contagious disease of poultry and wild birds, which has the potential to cause high numbers of deaths in birds.

The ministry's permanent secretary has issued a directive to all port of entry and border control quarantine officers along the PNG-SI border including the Honiara international airport, seaports and mail exchange services to inform and educate communities and business operators about the threats of the disease.

"Be vigilant and alert for goods imported from PNG and to take appropriate and necessary actions for products that may pose threats to Solomon Islands to prevent any likely incursion."