During the week of January 25-31, the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed 26 cases of virulent Newcastle disease in Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties, California. An additional 84 cases were confirmed between December 21, 2018 and January 24, 2019. These detections occurred during the recent government shutdown and, while there were APHIS employees responding to the detections during that time, the weekly update messages and updates to the APHIS website were not completed. These updates include two commercial cases in Riverside County, California, which were announced during the shutdown. They also include one case in backyard exhibition chickens in Utah County, Utah. Read more
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