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|July 19, 2018|
Newcastle disease coming to roost
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - A confirmed case of virulent Newcastle disease has been confirmed in northwest Riverside County. The disease affects birds and can cause serious illness or death in an entire chicken flock in a single day.
The Riverside County location is close to other occurrences of the disease in southwest San Bernardino County.
“This disease is so virulent it could significantly affect the poultry industry nationwide if it reaches commercial flocks,” said Riverside County Agriculture Commissioner Ruben Arroyo. “We are taking extra precautions to reduce the risk of tracking disease on and off farms by limiting farm visits to those that are essential to health and safety.”
Newcastle disease can cause serious illness or death to an entire flock of chickens within a single day. Riverside County officials urge backyard chicken owners to protect their birds and prevent the spread of the disease.
Story Date: July 14, 2018