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California detects new case of Newcastle disease

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Detection at retail feed store on Aug. 14 was first since June 4.

California Department of Food & Agriculture (CDFA) state veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones disclosed Aug. 15 that ongoing surveillance and testing in the virulent Newcastle disease (VND) outbreak in southern California resulted in the detection of a new case on Aug. 14 at a retail feed store in western San Bernardino County, Cal.

Jones said this is the first detection of VND since June 4. She noted that staff members from CDFA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture discovered the infected birds during a routine biosecurity check at the feed store, which has been closed temporarily while an investigation is conducted. The exposed birds have been euthanized.

"We are moving quickly to determine the origin of disease and working with the store to identify any customers who may have purchased infected birds and products like feed, equipment or anything else that could carry infection," Jones said. "Our priority is to stop the spread of the virus and eradicate the disease, and while we’ve made significant progress, this case is instructive for all bird owners in southern California to remain aware of VND signs, practice good biosecurity, don’t move birds and report any sick birds immediately to the Sick Bird Hotline: (866) 922-2473."

Jones said the regional quarantine is still in effect (see map). A complete list of VND cases since the outbreak began in May 2018 is available on the USDA VND website.

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