13 FEB

Worried about their chickens, hundreds crowd Norco meeting on deadly Newcastle disease

About 225 people jammed a Norco meeting hall Tuesday night, Feb. 5, to learn about a disease that has reached the town famous for its country, animal-keeping, lifestyle and poses a serious threat to the community’s chickens.

Since May, virulent Newcastle disease has spread to parts of Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Ventura counties. Already, 1 million birds have been euthanized across Southern California, including 900,000 in commercial poultry operations and 100,000 in backyard flocks, said Robyn Corcoran, a veterinarian with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “There is no treatment for this virus,” Corcoran said. “And it is almost 100 percent fatal.”  Read more

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