An outbreak of exotic Newcastle disease has killed over 2,000 chickens in Akkar, Daily News reported Tuesday. Symptoms of the fatal viral disease, which affects all species of birds, appeared a week ago mainly in the villages of Majdala, Saysouq, Qloud al-Baqieh, Borqayel, and Hmeira, the paper said.
A farmer, Youssef Abdullah of Hmeira, was quoted by the daily as saying that "the chickens that caught the virus died within a week."
In 1971, a major outbreak occurred in commercial poultry flocks in southern California, leading to huge losses in the industry -- Albawaba.com
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