Disease watch: Virulent Newcastle Disease – California
Outbreak has resulted in death of over 1.2 million birds.
By Brett Ruffell
DATE: January 13, 2020
DETAILS: As of January 13, 2020, USDA has confirmed 472 premises in California as infected with virulent Newcastle disease. Phylogenetic analysis and epidemiologic studies prove that this highly contagious virus has been spread when people move exposed birds or equipment, or when people carry the virus into their own flock on their hands and feet from outside of the CDFA Regional Quarantine Area. This ongoing outbreak has resulted in the death of over 1.2 million birds, and significant financial and emotional strain on poultry owners and disease control agencies.
SOURCE: Feather Board Command Centre