Adventures of Neddy: A community animal health worker helps a village manage Newcastle disease

    | November 12, 2012

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    In keeping with this week’s story that showed how livestock farmers can profit by paying close attention to livestock health, our script of the week focuses on a serious disease of chickens.

    In part, because chickens are small animals that graze freely on readily available foods, they are very valuable to farming families. But chickens are susceptible to a disease which has no cure: Newcastle disease. Though the disease does not have a cure, there is a vaccine. This week’s script, a mini-drama, introduces the idea of community vaccination for chickens by community animal health workers, also called paraveterarians or paravets.