January 3, 2019

Southern California’s Newcastle disease toll on chickens rises to 60,000, including commercial flock

After appearing to have taken the upper hand on the bird-killing Newcastle disease outbreak in Southern California, officials this month announced a commercial chicken flock in Riverside County had been infected and that mandatory euthanasia operations has expanded to include Riverside County’s greater Perris area.

Since the outbreak of the virus in mid-May, about 60,000 birds – mostly chickens – have been euthanized, according to Steve Lyle, spokesman for the California Department of Agriculture. Until this month, the infected chickens were nearly all backyard show birds. Read more

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