Newcastle Disease is an infection of domestic poultry and other bird species with Virulent Newcastle Disease Virus. Birds affected by this disease may show the following symptoms:
- Respiratory issues such as coughing, wheezing, gurgling rattling or a gaping beak
- Nervous System Issues such as tremors, paralysis or twisting of the neck
- Lack of Appetite
- Low Egg Production or Soft-Shelled Eggs
The disease may lead to intense signs with a sudden onset, likely leading to death.
Virulent Newcastle Disease is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids, especially feces, of infected birds. It can also be spread indirectly through people and objects that have come in contact with infected birds through clothing, equipment, vehicles, water, feed, etc.
To help protect your flock, please maintain good biosecurity practices, outlined here.
There is no cure for the disease, leading to infected poultry being humanely euthanized. Unfortunately, this is the only way to stop the spread of the disease.
vND has been identified in four California counties including Riverside, San Bernardio, Los Angeles and Ventura. The USDA and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) are restricting movement of live poultry into and out these areas. Additionally, the USPS is restricting the shipments of lives to and from zip codes 90000-93599 due to their postal routes falling within the restricted area.
For questions, or to report sick birds, please call the Sick Bird Hotline 1-866-922-2473.