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|July 17, 2019|
Newcastle Disease on the wane, eradication next goal
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – An outbreak of Newcastle Disease that decimated flocks of chickens throughout the Inland Empire is on the wane. There have been no new detections of the disease since June 4th.
State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Jones said Tuesday that ranchers are closer to eradicating the disease and that if it resurfaces that would be a ‘significant setback’.
Thousands of chickens have been euthanized in recent months to halt the disease.
Bird owners within the regional quarantine area of Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties should continue enhanced bio-security and do not move birds from one location to another.
Areas where Newcastle Disease previously existed are being tested for any remaining residual pockets of the virus in poultry. Officials stress that while humans are not affected, the virus will remain in the environment for several more months and that the risk of poultry infection remains.
Story Date: July 12, 2019