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.
For questions or to report sick birds, please call your local state vet or Ag extension.