California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced another discovery of virulent Newcastle disease at a retail feed store in western San Bernardino County. The discovery was made on August 14 during a routine biosecurity check and is the first case to be reported since June 4.
“Virulent Newcastle disease is a virus that’s highly contagious and it has a very high morbidity rate,” said CDFA State Veterinarian, Dr. Annette Jones. “The state and federal government both have concern because it is such a lethal virus and it is so contagious that if we don’t all work together it’s very difficult to contain.”
Any infected and exposed birds have been euthanized and the feed store has been temporarily closed while officials investigate. Agency officials are working quickly to determine the origin of the disease and to identify any customers that may have purchased infected birds or products which could carry infection.
Listen to the report below.