CDFA warns poultry owners of Virulent Newcastle Disease
The California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) is advising poultry owners of Virulent Newcastle disease outbreak. The disease was confirmed on May 17, 2018 in California. Since then, the CDFA have successfully eliminated the virus from several infected zones, but there are still hot spots in four counties: San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles and Ventura. Because it is easy to hide and potentially move a sick bird, the CDFA is asking that all commercial producers in California continue elevated biosecurity measures.
About Virulent Newcastle Disease
Virulent Newcastle disease (VND), formerly known as Exotic Newcastle Disease, is a serious, highly contagious viral disease that can affect poultry and other birds. In rare cases, humans that have exposure to infected birds may get eye inflammation or mild fever-like symptoms. These signs generally resolve without treatment, however, medical care should be sought if symptoms persist. Infection is easily prevented by using standard personal protective equipment. Virulent Newcastle disease is not a food safety concern. No human cases of Newcastle disease have ever occurred from eating poultry products. Properly cooked poultry products are safe to eat.
To report an unusual number of sick/dead birds, call the Sick Bird Hotline at 866-922-BIRD (2473). To learn more, please visit the CDFA’s Newcastle Disease webpage.
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