The West Coast of the United States continues to fight Newcastle’s disease
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has recommended limiting poultry gatherings in four counties as the state continues to fight Newcastle disease outbreaks in backyard flocks.
The first case of the virus was confirmed in a group of birds in Utah, which the authorities believe is relevant.
Since May 2018, Southern California has identified nearly 300 Newcastle disease cases, mainly in the backyard for exhibiting birds.
The California Department of Food and Agriculture has recommended limiting poultry gatherings in four counties as the state continues to fight Newcastle disease outbreaks in backyard flocks. Photo: Ronald Hissink
Eliminated more than 500,000 birds
Three commercial poultry flocks were affected and more than 500,000 birds tried to stop the spread of the virus.
In a letter to poultry organizations, state veterinarian Annette Jones said: "To support our disease control and eradication efforts, California veterinarians recommend that all poultry exhibits include high-risk counties (Los Angeles, Riverside, St. Bay) Nadino and Ventura were cancelled."
The department recommends high standards of biosafety as the best way to control communication, with special emphasis on:
1.Wash your hands before and after entering the poultry area, scrub and disinfect the boots
2.Keep birds and property clean and disease free
3.If you are in an infected area, do not move or move birds on your property
4.Clean and disinfect equipment and tires before moving equipment and tires out of the hotel.
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