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Virulent Newcastle Disease response by the numbers

The Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) project in Southern California is now in its fourth month. The disease has been detected at a total of 117 properties in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Riverside and Ventura Counties.

Key numbers as of August 29, 2018

96,880 – Number of properties surveyed

2,679 – Number of properties placed under quarantine

397 – Number of properties released from quarantine

671 – Combined number of farmers markets, feed stores, pet stores, egg vendors and private veterinary practices visited by VND outreach teams

Zero – Number of VND detections at commercial poultry operations

40 – Number of commercial operations in Southern California conducting surveillance testing

176 – Number of state and federal personnel working on this incident

As this project continues, bird owners everywhere, but especially in Southern California, are urged to practice strict biosecurity measures. In Southern California these include:

  1. Don’t move birds
  2. Don’t bring new birds to the property
  3. Don’t let people with birds come into contact with your birds.

VND mostly travels through the movement of  infected poultry or on the hands and feet of people that came into contact with infected poultry or their droppings.

Bird owners urged to  report sick birds to CDFA’s Sick Bird Hotline, 866-922-2473.

Please visit CDFA’s VND web page for more information.





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